Quebec gets $5-billion gas tax refund

Canadian Flag and Quebec Flag are seen over looking the Ottawa River from the Civilization Museum...

Canadian Flag and Quebec Flag are seen over looking the Ottawa River from the Civilization Museum behind Parliament Hill

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 7:00 PM ET

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Quebec on Wednesday bearing gifts — $5 billion in gas tax cash to La Belle Province for infrastructure spending over the next decade.

Harper ventured to the riding Premier Philippe Couillard shares with federal Infrastructure Minister Denis Lebel to mark his inaugural event with the Liberal leader who defeated the separatist Parti Quebecois government in April.

"It is a pleasure to participate in my first official event with Premier Couillard," Harper said. "I look forward to working with the new government of Quebec promoting jobs, growth and long-term prosperity in the province."

Couillard said his government would top up the federal commitment with $2.5 billion, bringing the total to $7.5 billion over 10 years.

The money can be spent on projects ranging from culture, tourism, sport and recreation to airports, roads, bridges, short-line rail and short-sea shipping.

The money can also pay for public transit, drinki

 

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