Premier Ford, Fix Mulroney’s Mistake and Help get Hamilton LRT Back on Track
We need your help to call on Premier Doug Ford to fix Mulroney's mistake and get Hamilton's LRT back on track.
Hamilton has done the hard work. Twelve years of planning, more than 70 votes of City Council, seven provincial and municipal elections voting for leaders who support LRT, thousands of Hamiltonians expressing their support, and business leaders investing millions of dollars along the LRT route. We've done the hard work. All we want is fairness for Hamilton.
Last year, Premier Ford said, "I support building the Hamilton LRT because the people of this great city deserve a working transit system. This is an investment that will create jobs, countless new jobs and stimulate economic development." After the last municipal election, Premier Ford said, "When people democratically elect someone, if [Mayor Eisenberger] wants an LRT, he's gonna get an LRT...that's democracy."
Now we're literally three months away from receiving the final bids to build and operate the system, and Transport Minister Mulroney cites inflated costs as a reason for killing the project at the 11th hour. The firms competing to win the contract are telling LIUNA they don't understand where the government got its latest inflated numbers from.
By comparison, this past October, Metrolinx awarded a $4.6 billion contract over 30 years to build, operate and maintain an 18 km, 19 station LRT system in Mississauga. Their LRT will be up and running in 2024. Why does Hamilton have to play by a different set of rules?
Many, including us, dispute Minister Mulroney's cost estimates for Hamilton's LRT. But even if we take them at face value, we still want the province to fund Hamilton's LRT the same way as Mississauga. It's only fair to follow Metrolinx policy and find cost savings or scale back the project to fit the budget. This is exactly what they did with Mississauga.
Tell Premier Ford to fix Mulroney's mistake and help get Hamilton LRT back on track:
Minister Mulroney made a mistake here but the Premier can fix it. It's not too late to do the right thing for the people of Hamilton.
Hamilton has done the hard work. All we're asking for is fair treatment as compared to Mississauga.
Let the bid process finish. If the final bids come in over budget, scale back the project or ask the Federal Government to help.
Let's explore every option to get this transformative investment in economic development back on track so Hamilton can really be "open for business" and help drive Ontario's forward.
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