6:30 a.m., June 5)
leader makes campaign stop in Orléans to tout LRT
By Fred Sherwin
Liberal leader Kathleen Wynne dropped by the campaign
office of Ottawa-Orléans candidate Marie-France
Lalonde on Wednesday to pledge her party's support for
the second phase of Ottawa's light rail transit system.
Premier and Liberal leader adresses supporters
during a stop over at the Marie-France lalonde
campaign headquarters in Orléans as
the local candidate looks on . Fred Sherwin/Photo
in front of a jam-packed room of local Liberal supporters,
Wynne said the Liberals would re-introduce the 2014 budget
if re-elected which commits $29 billion over the next
10 years in transportation infrastructure across the province,
$14 billion of which is earmarked for projects outside
the Greater Toronto Area including Phase 2 of the Ottawa
2 of the Ottawa LRT includes an extension of the eastern
portion of the system from Gloucester Centre to Place
d'Orléans. Construction would begin sometime after
the completion of Phase 1 in 2018.
warned that a Conservative government would refuse to
share the cost of the Phase 2 in favour of providing additional
funding to the Toronto subway.
re-elected Liberal government will make Phase 2 of Ottawa's
transformational LRT transit expansion a priority,"
said Wynne. "Tim Hudak's idea of a transit plan for
Ontario is a three-stop subway for Toronto. "He wants
to take your LRT and plunk it down as a subway in downtown
Toronto. For Liberals that is just not on. Not happening.
Liberal government is already providing $600 million toward
the cost of Phase 1. The federal governmen is providing
an additionl $600 million, leaving the city to pay for
the balance of the $2.1 billion project.
early estimate for Phase 2 is in the $3 billion range.
Which means the federal government and the province would
have to kick in a billion each to maintain the three-way
visit had the effect of firing up the Ottawa-Orléans
election team which is in a neck and neck battle with
local Conservative candidate Andrew Lister. The local
race is a reflection of the provincial campaign which
is still too close to call. About the only thing that
is certain is that Ontario will once again have a minority
day is Thursday June 12, although many advance polls are
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