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RSS FeedsWeeks after its own deadline, PC government wonīt say whether itīs done plans for Ontario Line
(The Star Business)


19 july 2019 05:25:28

Weeks after its own deadline, PC government wonīt say whether itīs done plans for Ontario Line
(The Star Business)

The Ontario Progressive Conservative government is refusing to say whether it has finalized initial plans for its most important transit project, three weeks after a self-imposed deadline for completing the work has passed. On June 3, then infrastructure minister Monte McNaughton pledged the government would submit initial business cases for the Ontario Line and other priority projects under Premier Doug Ford’s proposed $28.5-billion transit expansion “in the second half of June.” With the end-of-month deadline now passed, the province would not give a yes or no answer about whether it has completed a business case for the Ontario Line, the $10.9-billion rail line that would run through the heart of Toronto and is the centrepiece of Ford’s plan. “Ontario is actively providing project information to the federal government. That’s why, given that discussions are ongoing with our partners, we will not negotiate the details of critical infrastructure projects in the media,” Barbara Mottram, a spokesperson for Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney, said in an email last week.In a brief phone interview Thursday, Mottram reiterated the government’s position that “we’re continuing to work with our partners.” Pressed to clarify her statement, in a followup email Mottram described the business case for the Ontario Line as “a living document” that “is continuously being informed by the experts at Metrolinx who are consulting with our partners and transit authorities.” McNaughton made the commitment to submit the business cases by the end of June on the same day he and another provincial minister held a press conference to criticize Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government for not moving fast enough to fund Ford’s transit plans. The federal Liberals said at the time Ontario hadn’t provided enough information about the projects for Ottawa to commit funding. Pierr ...
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