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Transportation Minister misses opportunity to “clear the air” on All-day, Two-way GO Train service to Kitchener: Harris

October 30, 2014

QUEEN’S PARK – Two days after telling Kitchener-Conestoga MPP and PC Transportation Critic Michael Harris that commitments, like all-day, two-way GO service to Kitchener, may be “aspirational in nature,” Ontario’s Transportation Minister failed to clear the air when given the chance in the Legislature today.

“I felt it was important to give the Minister an opportunity to come clean with the people of Kitchener-Waterloo on a committed – not ‘aspirational’ – timeline for all-day, two-way GO,” Harris said. “Unfortunately, his continued refusal to commit to any delivery date while repeating previous announcements that the trains will be coming provides no clarification whatsoever.”

During Estimates Committee questioning from Harris earlier this week, in addition to characterizing election commitments as aspirations, Minister Del Duca was unable to define what all-day, two-way even means for the Kitchener Line.

“The further we dig, the more we find that there is very little to back up their repeated misleading announcements that have Kitchener residents believing trains will soon be running every 15 minutes in both directions,” Harris said. “The Minister has failed to provide anything in the way of business case research, failed to provide timelines, and failed to even explain what the service will look like.”

In response to Harris’ questioning today, the Minister again indicated that all-day, two-way GO service is coming to the province, but failed to say when.

“All-day, two-way is beginning to look a lot more like no-way, any-day and it concerns me that the people of Kitchener-Waterloo have been sold a bill of goods,” Harris indicated. “I look forward to digging beyond what we now know are this government’s ‘aspirations’ to ensure residents will receive the vital expanded GO service they’ve been promised.”

Back in March 2014, Premier Wynne committed to all-day two-way GO Train Service at the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and during the 2014 Election, former Transpiration Minister Glen Murray said this service would be delivered in five years.

To watch the video Michael Harris’ question in the house, click link below:

http://youtu.be/RhPWbdUpONE

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For further information contact:Rob Willett | 519.404.4052 | rob.willett@pc.ola.org