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Talk is cheap – Harris highlights All-Day, Two-Way budget omissions

March 1, 2016

Queens Park – “Will the Premier tell us why the people of Kitchener should believe her promise on All-Day, Two-Way GO when it didn’t even make it into the budget?”

That was the question from Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris today, following a budget which provided little more than more empty words – and no timelines – on repeated Wynne Liberal promises to deliver All-Day, Two-Way GO train service within 5 years of the 2013 election.

“Where I come from talk is cheap, and promises are only as good as the politicians who make them,” Harris began. “In the two years since the Premier made a pre-election visit to Kitchener to promise All Day Two Way GO service within five years – a promise the Transportation Minister admitted was, ‘aspirational in nature’ – we’ve had nothing but talk….

“Will the Premier tell us why the people of Kitchener should believe her promise on All-Day, Two-Way GO when it didn’t even make it into the budget?”

After receiving more talk from the Minister of Transportation about where provincial transportation investments are going in other areas of the province, Harris referenced post-budget remarks from Kitchener-Centre MPP Daiene Vernile that only prolong the  waiting games for All-Day, Two-Way.

“Only one day after the budget, Kitchener Centre’s MPP tried to make amends, telling CTV there will be ‎a ‘very substantial announcement’ on All-Day, Two-Way GO before the summer!” Harris exclaimed. “Will the premier please tell us what was so substantial about this supposed announcement that it didn’t make into the budget?”

After the Minister again failed to address the questions, Harris requested a “Late Show” to debate the matter further this evening.

See Mike’s question in the house here: https://youtu.be/7XYfURuJpOQ