The City's LRT plan has $1 billion in provincial funding. Tell Council to take YES for an answer.

Statement by Adrian Duyzer

In 2007, while campaigning for re-election, Premier Dalton McGuinty promised to build two light rail transit lines in Hamilton.

Four years later, Mayor Bob Bratina has said that LRT "is not a priority", and Premier McGuinty has said that based on conversations with Mayor Bratina, all-day GO transit service has supplanted LRT as a priority.

This is unacceptable. LRT has been studied to death in Hamilton and the verdict is clear: beyond the improvements in public transit, LRT would have a substantial economic benefit for the city. Meanwhile, other municipalities are getting buckets of cash from Metrolinx to build it.

It's time for Premier McGuinty to reaffirm his commitment to build LRT in Hamilton. It's time for our MPPs to reaffirm their commitment to see this project through. And it's time for Mayor Bratina and Hamilton City Council to seize this opportunity - and capitalize on the province's promise to pay the capital costs - and get Hamilton moving once again.

Thank you for your time and attention.

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