Greg Rickford is the minister for Northern Development, as well as Indigenous Affairs, and he says twinning the Trans-Canada remains a top priority.

"The previous government should be held to account for why that didn't happen, because Indigenous communities are on that highway all the time," he said.

Rickford noted it's been more than nine years now, since federal and provincial governments committed the money for the project.

"It knows no race, no colour, no creed. It takes its victims. Its accidents are a matter of public safety. When that highway shuts down, it cuts off eastern and western Canada," he underlined.

The prime minister and Ontario's premier met in Kenora to pledge $100 million for the project in 2009. However, since then, Rickford says he suspects the previous government spent the money on highway projects in other parts of the province.

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