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Infrastructure stocks were touted as ideal investments to take advantage of stimulus spending when the recession first hit, but their performance has lagged the broader S&P/TSX index in the past year.

Reasons for their weakness include:

Private sector projects dwarf public spending

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Although the government stepped in with stimulus funds, private sector projects have historically accounted for 60 to 70 per cent of all business.

Delays, delays, delays

The government took its time doling out contracts and the construction industry is notorious for delays in getting approvals and completing work.

Recession contracts had lower margins

When proposed projects died during the downturn, more firms bid for fewer contracts, lowering margins on those awarded.

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Tim Kiladze is a business reporter with The Globe and Mail. Before crossing over to journalism, he worked in equity capital markets at National Bank Financial and in fixed-income sales and trading at RBC Dominion Securities. Tim graduated from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and also earned a Bachelor in Commerce in finance from McGill University. More

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