Doug Ford up north talking about roads, railroads

Doug Ford was in Timmins talking about roads and rail, and Andrea Horwath celebrated Mother’s Day in Cambridge with the local candidates and their families before heading to Sudbury.

Meanwhile, Green Party leader Mike Schreiner has been shut up at home with events at his horseback riding in Guelph.

Liberal leader Steven Del Duca took a personal day.

In the north, Ford announced that, if re-elected, progressive Conservatives would spend $74 million to rebuild the dilapidated Highway 101 and another $75 million to restart Northlander train service, two measures that were part of his government’s disclosed budget. in late April before the election. the campaign started.

“We’re saying yes to connecting Timmins, saying yes to making roads and railroads for northeastern Ontario,” Ford said at a morning campaign event on the ride that PCs hope to fight away from the NDP.

He said the former Liberal government “derailed the Northlander… (and) cut that community off from the rest of the province.”

But Horwath accused Ford of saying the same thing in the last election and failing to deliver.

“Ford promised to bring back the Northlander in the last campaign … it’s not back,” she told reporters. β€œIt was a broken promise. But Northerners know the New Democrats are fighting – we fought the liberal decision to close Northlander and our MPPs have been pushing vigorously to try to reinstate Northlander again.”

She said the loss of rail service has not only affected local residents, but businesses and tourism as well.

Conservatives hope to arrest the Timmins on June 2 with high-profile candidate and Timmins mayor George Pirie, who has temporarily stepped down from his municipal duties.

Pirie is up against popular NDP titleholder Gilles Bisson, who has been an area MPP since 1990.

The 21-kilometer Highway 101 is considered one of the worst in the province and heavily used by residents and mining and forestry vehicles, and Ford said it is in disrepair with “crater-sized holes”.

The PCs promise to resume Northlander trains which will provide a direct link to the southern tip of the province and will also extend service to Cochrane.

Horwath was in Ayr, Cambridge, to celebrate Mother’s Day with MPPs Catherine Fife (Waterloo) and Laura Mae Lindo (Kitchener Centre), as well as candidates Marjorie Knight (Cambridge), Karen Meissner (Kitchener-Conestoga) and Joanne Weston (South Kitchen-Hespeler).

Although Del Duca had no public events scheduled, his election team sent out a press release saying that Ford failed to make any progress on building roads to the mineral-rich Ring of Fire – northeast of Thunder Bay – while in office for the past four years. years old.


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