04/06/2016 02:03 EDT | Updated 04/07/2017 05:12 EDT

Trudeau: Feds Will Be Partners With Municipalities, Provinces On Infrastructure

MONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is committed to working with municipalities and provinces when it comes to infrastructure projects.

Trudeau says it is up to towns and provinces to determine their priorities.

He made the comments this morning when asked in Montreal about financing for an extension of one of the city's subway lines.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stops for a photograph with workers as he tours a garage of the Montreal Transportation Commission, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Montreal. (Photo: Paul Chiasson/CP)

Trudeau says the federal government will answer local concerns across the country.

He adds the government has put forward its investments in two phases, with the first focusing on more immediate concerns such as maintenance and upgrades to existing infrastructure.

No need to rush

The second phase is more long term and will kick in over the next year and will include other projects such as new bridges and new subway lines.

"These are projects that require a certain amount of preparation and planning and studies to make sure they are properly set and are going to maximize the impact and benefit for citizens," he said.

"So, instead of rushing right now on those, we're making sure we get those right.

"Our goal as a government is to get those investments made so we can get people to work on the projects and we can get people to work on time."

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