I lost my first friend to Highway 103 - the Highway of Death - over 20 years ago. Lee was an incredible athlete and great friend to anyone who knew him. He should never have died. The road should have already been twinned.
We cannot wait any longer. Our politicians must act today.
10 years after Lee died, I was able to help rescue my friend’s sister from yet another crash on Highway 103. While she made it, others didn’t. As a firefighter, it was one of my worst memories. Sadly, I did not know the worst was yet to come.
We pulled body after body out of vehicles for nearly two straight years along the short stretch of highway. I lost count of the dead. Over and over again, politicians promised to twin Highway 103 to make it safer for drivers.
15 more years have passed. I've lost three more friends. In numbers, it pales to compare to the >70 others who have lost their lives on Highway 103 in recent years. Thousands more have been injured, their lives altered forever.
Between 2007 and 2015, there were over 1000 collisions, over 30 resulting in deaths on this brutal road. You are 4x as likely to be on a collision, and 3x as likely to be in a deadly one on Highway 103, compared to Nova Scotia Highways 101 or 104.
Nothing is going to bring my friends back, but no one else needs to die senselessly. The time for action is now - construction must begin on Nova Scotia's Highway of Death. Highway 103 must be twinned and upgraded. Let politicians know you want action!
- Minister of Municipal Affairs
Honourable Zach Churchill
- Member of Parliament Calgary Southwest
- Prime Minister of Canada/Premier ministre du Canada
- Leader, Liberal Party of Canada/Chef, Parti libéral du Canada
Leader, Liberal Party of Canada/Chef, Parti libéral du Canada Justin Trudeau
- Leader, Green Party of Canada / Chef, Parti Vert du Canada
- MLA for Lunenburg
- MLA for Queens-Shelburne
Honourable Sterling Belliveau
- Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
Honourable Geoff MacLellan
- MLA for Cumberland South
Jamie Baillie (MLA for Cumberland South)
- Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations
Honourable Mark Furey
- MLA for Annapolis
Honourable Stephen McNeil (MLA for Annapolis)
- MLA for Lunenburg West
Honourable Mark Furey
- MLA for Chester-St. Margaret’s
Honourable Denise Peterson-Rafuse
- Leader of the Green Party of Canada
- MP for South Shore - St. Margaret's
- Minister of Transport
- Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Honourable Amarjeet Sohi
- Leader of the New Democratic Party
Honourable Thomas Mulcair
- Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
- Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia
- Premier of Nova Scotia
Honourable Stephen McNeil
You stand for us. While you have, over 70 people have died in the last nine years on Highway 103. Thousands others have been injured. Too many people have laid their lives down while you have stood for us.
Highway 103 has been ranked Canada's second deadliest highway by CAA. Emergency responders have taken their own lives as a result of PTSD from responding to collisions on Highway 103. Our health care system has been overwhelmed with thousands of new patients from Highway 103, most with lifelong disabilities. Survivors have struggled to live day-to-day with the memories and injuries that linger.
Highways 101, 102, 104, 118, and 125 all have proportionally large sections twinned - some are now completely twinned. Highways 101 and 102 are twinned for the first 100 kilometres from Halifax, but not Highway 103.
Promises to twin Highway 103 have been made by leaders of three successive provincial governing parties. The provincial government finished all reports and studies in early 2011, and again in 2015. The new Premier has now committed to twinning and upgrading Highway 103 - the first time a sitting Premier has made such a commitment.
Nothing has been said by the federal government, who has ignored this deadly stretch of Canada's national highway system for decades. The only thing that has changed has been the growing list of victims Highway 103 takes every month. Our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, neighbours, and colleagues.
Between 2007 and 2015, there were over 1000 collisions and so many deaths we've lost count. You are 4x as likely to be on a collision, and 3x as likely to be in a deadly one on Nova Scotia Highway 103, compared to Highway 101 or 104.
We are done waiting. We want action now. We owe those we have lost.
Promises of action are not action anymore! Construction must begin now. We demand you begin construction on twinning Nova Scotia's Highway 103 from Exit 5 to 13, and upgrading it from Exit 13 to 19. DO NOT look for the most expensive solution to twinning and upgrading - look for the most effective way to separate opposing traffic. DO NOT look at twinning from Tantallon, completing sections until it is done - look at twinning the most dangerous sections first.
We want you to stand for us to ensure Highway 103 becomes safe. We stand for those who have fallen victim while you have been idle. Lack of action will result in us calling you out for the blood on your hands as you watch Canadians die on Highway 103.
We will no longer let you stand for us and do nothing about Highway 103, we will ensure fellow constituents know you are responsible for your lack of action. You too will become a victim of Highway 103.
This is your chance. Begin construction to twin Nova Scotia's Highway 103 from Exit 5 to 13, and make upgrades from Exits 13 to 19 now.
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