OTTAWA — Ontario Liberals are listening to the people of Ottawa and building the transit options families in growing communities need.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was at Walkley Yard, the OC Transpo train maintenance facility, with her team of Ottawa candidates to talk about the Ontario Liberal record of building Ottawa up and delivering positive change.
Ontario Liberals have invested more than $1 billion towards the next stage of Ottawa’s LRT. It is the largest investment any government has ever made in Ottawa transit and means that the next stage of construction to extend the LRT east, west and south can begin within months of the Confederation Line opening this fall.
We are also investing to add another ten kilometres of track and four more stations to the next stage of the Ottawa LRT project, giving more Ottawa families more choice in their commute, including:
In total, the next stage of the Ottawa LRT project will now add more than 40 kilometres of new light rail and 24 new stations.
The Doug Ford Conservatives agenda is to cut billons from the services people depend on — such as health care, education and transit — while rewarding the rich with unnecessary corporate tax cuts. As a Toronto city councillor, Ford cancelled LRT projects that were funded and ready to go. Ford’s new scheme to cut the gas tax further undermines local transit projects like the Ottawa LRT, as the provincial gas tax is used to build and improve local transit. The NDP platform makes no commitment to funding the next stage of Ottawa’s LRT, failing to even mention the project. Only the Ontario Liberals are listening to the people of Ottawa and committed to making record-breaking investments in Ottawa’s transit systems.
The Liberal plan expands publicly funded prescription drugs to one-in-two people in Ontario, makes the largest mental health care investment in Canadian history, builds a record amount of transit, boosts hospital funding, helps more people go to college or university with publicly funded tuition and lets more parents go back to work by funding preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten. Ontario’s economy is growing stronger, but that growth and the care and services it funds are at risk this election.
“The people of Ontario elected me to build our province up and that’s exactly what we have been doing, including in Ottawa. We have strong voices for Ottawa on our Liberal team and we are listening to the community’s challenges, and building solutions. The biggest-ever provincial investment in Ottawa transit means the days of long waits between projects are over. Our plan means Stage Two construction on the LRT can begin just months after Stage One opens, and it adds even more stations and kilometres of track to deliver the fast, convenient transit options that people throughout the region are asking for.”
—Premier Kathleen Wynne
For more information: