Wardrop president speaks on CBC radio
August 18, 2004
By Canadian Consulting Engineer
The president and CEO of Wardrop Engineering made a presentation to Prime Minister Paul Martin on CBC Radio earlier...
The president and CEO of Wardrop Engineering made a presentation to Prime Minister Paul Martin on CBC Radio earlier this summer.
Ernie Card, P.Eng., Chair and CEO of the company, based in Mississauga, was asked to speak on behalf of Canadian businesses in a segment entitled "Two Minutes with the Prime Minister." (Mr. Card got three minutes!) The producer interviewed high profile people, including environmentalist David Suzuki. The show aired on local CBC radio across the country at various times on July 15.
Mr. Card managed to pack in a number of issues of concern to consulting engineers during his interview. He urged the government to invest in the country’s infrastructure, noting this massive program "will improve our quality of life, and give our country the competitive advantage it needs to accommodate growth."
He also called on Mr. Martin to put in place structures to ensure that Canada can compete on the world stage. He suggested the government’s priorities should be in areas such as ensuring fair and equitable international trading relations and providing consistent and affordable regulations for sustainable development and workplace health and safety. He also urged the government to ensure more reliable power supplies, such as by investing in nuclear and hydroelectric stations, and by building a reliable Canada-wide electrical grid.