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Kathleen Wynne lacks credibility on GO Transit expansion

March 18, 2014

KITCHENER – Premier Kathleen Wynne lacks credibility on her latest announcement ahead of a potential election, given her past decision to slash GO Transit expansion to Kitchener in 2010, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.

“When Kathleen Wynne was transportation minister, she short-changed Kitchener by going back on the Liberal government’s commitment to expand GO Transit between Waterloo Region and Toronto,” Harris said. “Now, she wants residents to believe that she has had a change of heart just ahead of a potential spring election. Given her past record, how can anyone really believe what the Premier is saying today?”

In November 2010, Kathleen Wynne, who was then serving as the province’s transportation minister, announced she would not follow through with Metrolinx’s plan to run four eastbound and four westbound trains between Kitchener and Toronto every day. Instead, Wynne settled on just two.

“People taking the train from Kitchener to Toronto need more options than just two times,” Harris said. “But that didn’t stop Wynne from cutting the Metrolinx plan in half at a time when the Liberal government felt it had a stronger grip on provincial power. Now, that the Liberals have lost several members and are down in the polls, they’ve suddenly reversed course in the hopes that people will forget their failed record on infrastructure expansion in Waterloo Region.”

The Premier would not state how much money she will commit to her latest GO announcement or what the project would include or what the timeframe would be for full-day GO service. Instead, she told reporters there would be an “evolution of service.”