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Liberals’ track-record on Hwy. 7 one of broken promises

September 6, 2012

QUEEN’S PARK — Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris asked Dalton McGuinty a simple question: Why should anyone in Kitchener-Waterloo believe the Liberals will actually upgrade Highway 7 after they’ve broken their word several times?

In 2007, the Liberals included plans to upgrade Highway 7 in their budget – just ahead of a provincial election. Then only three years later, the Liberals shelved the long-awaited project when they enjoyed a majority government.

At the time, the Liberals claimed they couldn’t afford to expand Highway 7, even though they went on to waste billions of dollars on Ornge, eHealth and cancelling the power plants in Mississauga and Oakville to save Liberal seats during last year’s election.

“Obviously, the Liberals weren’t planning on moving ahead with the project,” Harris said. “If they were, they would have included the Highway 7 expansion in their $100-billion, long-term infrastructure plan released just last June.”

In fact, John Milloy, the member for Kitchener-Centre, reiterated the Liberals’ position in March, telling the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce that the government could not afford to build Highway 7.

Then on the day the Premier called the byelections in Kitchener-Waterloo and Vaughan, the Liberals changed course and, once again, promised to expand Highway 7.

“Residents in Waterloo Region shouldn’t be fooled by the Premier’s about face on this issue. His latest change of heart is clearly nothing more than an election ploy to win an extra seat in Kitchener-Waterloo in his desperate attempt to form a majority government,” Harris said.

“Actions speak louder than words. Residents need to look at the Premier’s track record of broken promises on the Highway 7 project. They need to seriously ask themselves if the Liberals actually intend to build Highway 7 or if they’re just making another promise to gain votes – only to, once more, cancel the project after the byelection is over.”