Mayor John Tory has issued a statement welcoming a pledge by Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to double federal infrastructure spending in the next ten years.
Trudeau made the announcement during a campaign stop in Oakville saying a Liberal government would not balance the books for three straight years but would increase spending on infrastructure in an effort to jump start economic growth.
In his statement John Tory said this ”long term, stable funding” is ”critical as we focus on building transit, cutting congestion and making badly needed repairs to affordable housing”.
While SmartTrak was not specifically mentioned, Tory stated that it had been made clear to him by Justin Trudeau that cities would have a say in what projects receive funding.
He also pointed out that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government had made a commitment to funding SmartTrak ans that NDP head Tom Mulcair had committed to creating a transit fund that could be used for the project.
He added that he would continue to ”press all party leaders to invest in Toronto and provide details on their commitments to investing in transit, affordable housing and infrastructure.”