7:30 a.m., June 10)
clarifies position on LRT during campaign stop in Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
Conservative leader Tim Hudak made a brief campaign stop
in Orléans on Monday during which he attempted to
clarify his position on Ottawa's light rail project.
Conservative leader Tim Hudak addresses reporters
about his position on funding Ottawa's future
transportation needs including Phase 2 of
the LRT. Fred Sherwin/Photo
week, Hudak said that a Tory government would not support
Phase 2 of the LRT project, which see light rail extended
to the west, south and east at a cost of $2.9 billion,
on the grounds that the province can't afford it.
to reports at the headquarters of local PC candidate Andrew
Lister, Hudak said that Ottawa would get it's fair of
transportation dollars after the budget is balanced.
said from day one, that Ottawa's going to get its fair
share of transportation funding to get people moving again,"
said Hudak. "Within
the first 100 days we'll work with the city to upload
Hwy. 174. And that also means making sure we get Phase
1 done on the LRT and making good on the long standing
promise to fix the split."
his speech and subseqquent questioning from the media,
Hudak said three or four times that Ottawa would get its
fair share of transportation dollars under a Conservative
government, but his primary focus is to grow the economy
and balance the budget.
going to balance the budget an make sure the economy is
growing, so we can make future investments to meet the
next phase of Ottawa's future transportation priorities.
So if it's Phase 2 of the LRT, roads, bridges... whatever
it's going to take to break gridlock in a major city like
Ottawa to get people moving again and to atrract more
jobs," said the Tory leader.
Conservatives unwillingness to firmly commit to funding
the proposed second phase of the LRT project is a bone
of contention among area voters and especially Liberal
Party supporters. An extended LRT line from Gloucester
Centre to Place d'Orleans is seen as a major factor in
attracting future economic dvelopment to Orléans.
Party leader Kathleen Wynne has already said a Liberal
government would pay its $975 million share. But Conservatives
point to the fact that construction of the east end extension
wouldn't take place for another five years at the earliest
and they'll be at least one more election before then.
priorities in the meantime are growing the economy and
balancing the budget. In terms of Ottawa's local transportation
needs, they want to complete Phase 1 of LRT and upload
Hwy. 174 and they're hoping that's good enough to win
over enough votes to take the riding from the Liberals.
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