_News Talk 770
The Wildrose Party is demanding the Alberta Government take immediate steps to deal with safety on the so-called "Highway of Death" in Northern Alberta. Seven people died when two picksup collided head-on Friday on Highway 63 which links Edmonton and Fort McMurray.
Lac la Bich-area Wildrose MLA-elect Shayne Saskiw wants a halt to other provincial infrastructure projects until the highway is twinned. He says the province should not be spending money on carbon capture and storage or new MLA offices while the highway remains untwinned.
Saskiw says until the highway is completely twinned the governent should institute interim measures such as increasing the number of passing lanes, stepped up enforcement and more support for the volunteer firefighters who responds to incidents on the highway.
Wildrose leader Danielle Smith today tweeted that oil sands companies might be approached to help cover some of the twinning costs.