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Kathleen Wynne re-announces GO plan she cancelled in 2010

March 19, 2014

KITCHENER – Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris called out Premier Kathleen Wynne for her PR stunt at the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce meeting yesterday where she re-announced a GO Transit plan that she cancelled nearly four years ago.

“Premier, you are the reason Kitchener doesn’t already have full-day two-way GO service. In 2010, you, as transportation minister, cancelled the project,” Harris charged in question period today. “So do you really think it’s fair to coerce the residents of Waterloo Region into voting for you now by promising the same GO Transit commitment that you cancelled nearly four years ago?”

The Premier refused to answer for her past actions in November 2010 when she, 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.

Now, Wynne claims she wants to undo her broken promise and return to Metrolinx’s original plan, but only after passing her budget and allowing another two years to go by.

“It is patently unfair of the Premier to hold GO expansion hostage, claiming that she needs another budget to be passed and her mandate to be extended before she’ll deliver on the promise she broke nearly four years ago,” Harris said. “Given Kathleen Wynne’s past record, how can anyone really believe what she says now?”

The Premier would not state how much money she will commit to her latest GO announcement and when more trains would be added beyond 2016. Instead, she told reporters there would be an “evolution of service.”