Kenora MP Bob Nault says he's waiting to see a proposal from Queen's Park for the twinning of the Trans-Canada.

"I want to encourage the provincial government to get moving, because the Minister of Transport -- federally -- said to me, 'I haven't seen any proposal or talked to the Minister of Transport about this,' " Nault said, during a year-end interview.

Federal and provincial governments announced $100 million in funding in 2009, with each contributing $50 million. Nault has previously acknowledged the money has since been used elsewhere. However, in Friday's interview, the MP was optimistic new money could be found.

At the same time, Nault suggested First Nations neighbouring the highway were prepared to work with federal and provincial governments on the project.

Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford is also a senior member of cabinet at Queen's Park, and he's been consistent in saying federal and provincial governments in recent years have done nothing to advance the project. He's also been upset about the re-allocation of the $100 million, saying he doesn't believe First Nations should be blamed for delays.

First Nation leaders have said they were willing to support twinning, after Freedom Road was completed. It's connecting the man-made island of Shoal Lake 40 with the Trans-Canada in Manitoba. A rough road is already being used, and completion of the project is expected next year.

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