Erin O’Toole pledges support for subways and rail projects, acknowledges Conservative platform offers no new cash

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Standing in front of Whitby Go station on Saturday, Erin O’Toole promised to expand commuter rail, build more subways, and support an ambitious new passenger rail line between Toronto and Quebec City – yet she later accepted Did that their platform doesn’t offer any new money to pay. Any of it.

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The Conservative leader said the Liberal government had allocated billions of dollars for infrastructure spending, yet fell short of deadlines. He said a conservative government would fulfill those budgetary promises and ensure construction of projects.

Mr O’Toole said the Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau had not met its targets, citing a report by parliamentary budget official Yves Giroux.


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“Mr. Trudeau has allocated the money that’s there. He gets only half of the money deployed to build the transit,” he said. The allocation of funds in part is done in the framework, but unless you get a government that can actually deliver, these projects are not going to be completed. We will take money out the door and throw shovels into the ground.”

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Mr O’Toole spent a second consecutive day in the suburbs of the Greater Toronto Area before a planned trip to British Columbia later on Saturday. Voters in the dozens riding in Toronto’s core circle are often the key to determining which party ultimately forms the government. Mr O’Toole’s message since back-to-back leaders’ debate earlier this week has been that he represents a “new” Conservative party. He has also said that if his party wins, he will be the prime minister before GTA.

His Saturday announcement promised to prioritize four Toronto Metro projects, including the all-new Ontario Line Subway Project, the Yonge North Subway Extension to Markham and Richmond Hill, the Scarborough Subway Extension and the Ettobicoke and Eglinton Crosstown West Light-Rail Extension in Mississauga. Are included.

Mr O’Toole also pledged in a news release on Saturday to support the planned expansion of Ontario’s Go commuter rail, which will lead to increased service in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

In addition, the party supported a project to expand the VIA rail service between Quebec City and Toronto.

“Conservatives is further committed to delivering the VIA Rail high-frequency rail project with planned service from Toronto to Peterborough, Smith Falls, Ottawa, Montreal, Trois-Rivires and Quebec City,” the party says.

The VIA Rail Project proposes the construction of new passenger rail lines between Quebec City and Toronto so that its trains no longer have to share tracks with freight traffic, causing delays and limiting the number of journeys.

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The estimated cost of the VIA proposal ranges from around $6 billion to $12 billion. The Liberals have said they support the project and have funded some of the initial work, but the full cost of the project has yet to be revealed in a federal budget.

The Conservative Party mentioned the VIA project in Saturday’s news release, but it is not mentioned in the party’s election platform.

The platform includes a pledge to close the Liberal-built Canada Infrastructure Bank, which has yet to allocate most of its $35 billion budget. The bank has a mandate to partner with large private sector investors, such as pension funds, to invest in large Canadian projects. The Conservative Party pointed to this pool of funds as an example of existing federal dollars that could be transferred to priority projects.

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