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Message from the Minister and
Accountability Statement

Photograph -- Honourable Kevin Falcon.Now is the time to build on B.C.'s momentum. Soaring economies in our own province, as well as in Asia, mean that we are facing opportunities like never before to invest in our future success. Last year, for example, cargo shipped to China grew by 56 per cent. Over the next 20 years, container traffic between Asia and North America is expected to increase 250 per cent. With our strategic location, we now have the unique opportunity to position B.C. as Canada's and North America's Gateway to the Pacific.

To capitalize on this and other opportunities, the Ministry of Transportation is increasing its transportation investments, with $2 billion dedicated for the next three years to help ensure our ports, airports, highways and bridges keep up with our growing success.

From the Cariboo Connector to the Sea-to-Sky Highway; from container port expansion in Prince Rupert to airport improvements in Langley; from the Kicking Horse Canyon to the William Bennett Bridge, British Columbians are getting the transportation infrastructure they deserve.

To maximize our resources, the provincial government has worked tirelessly to harness the power of partnerships. By nurturing successful relationships with the federal government, we have secured $78 million in federal cost-sharing — for this fiscal year alone — to support transportation infrastructure like improvements at B.C. border crossings. Further partnerships with the private sector help ensure taxpayers get the best value for their hard-earned dollars.

With a forward-thinking planning strategy that includes new construction across the province, we are doing what is needed to move the economy forward. I am proud to present the 2004/05 Annual Service Plan Report, which highlights our accomplishments. I look forward to working with stakeholders and user groups to further build on our momentum.

The 2004/05 Ministry of Transportation Annual Service Plan Report compares the actual results to the expected results identified in the ministry's 2004/05 Service Plan. I am accountable for those results as reported.


Honourable Kevin Falcon
Minister of Transportation

May 31, 2005

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