Transportation Minister unable to explain high-speed rail plan

July 8, 2014

QUEEN’S PARK — Today, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca dodged questions about the Liberals’ high-speed rail plan between London and Toronto while refusing to disclose a study that the government claims underpins their future project, Ontario PC Transportation Critic and Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.

“I asked the minister a very straightforward question at Queen’s Park today,” Harris said shortly after question period. “Are the Liberals proceeding with their election commitment to invest in high-speed rail between London and Toronto? But for whatever reason, Steven Del Duca could not provide an answer and chose to continue withholding a government report the former Minister of Transportation Glen Murray said backed up his claims about the project.”

In April, when Murray announced the Liberals would move forward with a high-speed rail project that would include a stop in Kitchener between London and Toronto, experts from across the province shot holes in the proposal. In fact, Toronto Star Transit Expert Greg Gormick said the Liberals’ “back-of-the-napkin high-speed rail plan is so out of sync with reality that its failings don’t warrant cataloguing.”

Other experts demanded that Murray provide more details and release a study conducted by First Class Partnerships, which he claimed would back up his assertions. But Murray refused.

“Although Glen Murray declined to release the study during the election, he told the media that ‘one of the first things we want to do if we’re re-elected is get those studies out there,’ ” Harris said. “So, in the spirit of transparency, the government should release the report immediately.”

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