Budget offers little for cities' infrastructure, unless you're in Montreal, Windsor

Motorists cross the Champlain Bridge in Montreal, Oct. 5, 2011. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)

Motorists cross the Champlain Bridge in Montreal, Oct. 5, 2011. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 7:13 PM ET

OTTAWA -- The 2014 budget includes more than $1 billion in new infrastructure spending for cities - going almost entirely to Montreal and Windsor. The money is primarily reserved for two major federally owned transit corridors: the Windsor-Detroit crossing and the new Champlain Bridge connecting downtown Montreal to its south shore suburbs. Other big cities like Toronto and Vancouver shouldn't be too jealous just yet, however. Gregory Thomas with the Canadian Taxpayer Federation said the government will likely wait until budget 2015 - an election year - to deliver more infrastructure spending announcements. "We suspect the Conservatives are keeping the headline projects in cities such as Toronto - like the subway - for the next budget," Thomas said. The 2014 budget committed $470 million in new money over two years for the Windsor-Detroit crossing. It was used in 2012 by 2.5 million trucks carrying more than $100 billion in trade between Canada and the U.S.

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