It would appear that the issue of whether or not the federal government should be increasing expenditures on infrastructure could determine who will form the government in the next few weeks.
But just who is supposed to build this new infrastructure? As I noted earlier, unemployment in the construction sector is at an all-time low. And in the comments in this post, Alex Plante makes an important contribution to this debate:
in an e-mail, he adds:
As a result, there is a missing generation of civil engineers, technicians and skilled construction workers in their 30's and early 40's. I've noticed that the ages of my co-workers seem to cluster into 3 groups: a junior group in their mid to late 20's, a group in their late forties - early 50's (who hold all the management positions), and a small group in their early 60's.
I'd be surprised to learn that this situation is in fact unique to Quebec.
So if new infrastructure projects are promised, who will build them?