Ontario Liberals' Transit Vision Equals A Clean, Green Future For Ontario
THUNDER BAY, ON, Sept. 14 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty today said that
the Ontario Liberals' historic transit plan means high skills, high quality
jobs for Ontarians.
"The subway and GO Transit cars you build here are a big part of the
future of this province - a greener, cleaner Ontario with better public
transit," he told workers at the Bombardier Transportation plant.
"Innovation - together with the skills and education of our people - is key to
creating and attracting the high wage, high quality jobs we want for our
people today, and in the future."
Accompanied by Liberal candidates Bill Mauro (Thunder Bay-Atikokan) and
Michael Gravelle (Thunder Bay-Superior North), McGuinty announced that there
have been discussions with Bombardier to help create an Ontario-developed and
built hydrogen-powered commuter train.
The hydrogen commuter train is exactly the type of initiative envisioned
when the Ontario Liberal government created the new $650 million Next
Generation Jobs Fund, McGuinty said. Ontario Liberals want to expand the Fund
by a further $500 million after the October 10th election.
"Ontario Liberals think Ontarians can - and should - lead the development
of hydrogen alternatives for the world," McGuinty said.
Bombardier Transportation's Thunder Bay facility is already building 20
bi-level GO train cars, and has built 50 GO cars for Ontario since 2003. In
the last four years, all GO bi-level cars have been built in Thunder Bay, and
we will continue to build them in Thunder Bay, with $31 million a year until
2010 to expand the GO fleet.
The investment in jobs and skills training is part of a long-term vision
for a cleaner, greener Ontario, the Premier said. In June, he unveiled
MoveOntario 2020, a $17.5 billion public transit plan for southern Ontario
that will provide some 175,000 jobs across the province.
"The NDP leader doesn't support expanding the Toronto subway, with the
cars Thunder Bay is building," Mauro said. "A vote for them could lead to
another Conservative government and a threat to our jobs and future - the
Conservatives don't support the Next Generation Jobs Fund and they want to
take $500 million out of public education."
"We need to protect, and move forward to protect Ontario's publicly
funded education system," Gravelle said. "The Conservatives would take us
"The work being done here in Thunder Bay is the future - our
made-in-Ontario future. Let's move forward, together," McGuinty said.
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