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Public transport on various tracks in response to the mayor’s questionnaire

Public transport on various tracks in response to the mayor’s questionnaire

A question about funding for Phase 3 LRT expansion reveals some differences in the campaigns of the leading parties.

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Answer to a questionnaire Mayor Jim Watson sent to federal parties sheds light on how the city of Ottawa’s programs may be affected by the government elected on Monday, particularly in public transportation.

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As is his tradition in provincial and federal elections, Watson sent questions to understand the parties’ positions on issues he believes are most important to the municipality, including LRT construction, affordable housing, infrastructure maintenance, climate change and economic recovery from COVID. 19.

Some of the city’s biggest spending plans when it comes to OC Transpo are in O-Train expansion to the western and southern suburbs and a gradual transition to electric buses.

A question about funding for Phase 3 LRT expansion reveals some differences in the campaigns of the leading parties.

Stage 3 includes extensions to Kanata / Stittsvile and Barrhaven, but the Conservative Party is only talking about extending the rails to Kanata, while the Liberal Party expresses an obligation for both the western extension and the southern extension. The NDP has a goal of electrifying municipal transit fleets by 2030 and will include money for operations.

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The Green Party said: “Support for LRT can be assessed and negotiated as part of an assessment of the entire Ottawa transit plan. LRT is only as good as the network of bus routes that connect it. ”

David Yeo, the People’s Party of Canada (PPC) candidate in Ottawa West-Nepean, replied that the party would “absolutely commit” to negotiating with the city and province for funding.

The city needs the top levels of government to pay for Phase 3 expansions.

The city’s preliminary agreement with the Fed to purchase electric buses depends on a $ 400 million loan from Canadian Infrastructure Bank and an additional $ 493 million from Infrastructure Canada.

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When the mayor asked about the parties’ involvement in municipal-federal projects such as Chief William Commanda Bridge Road, the super-library on LeBreton Flats and electrification of the OC Transpo bus fleet, only Liberals and Green parties provided answers that promised support for the work. The Conservatives and NDP did not respond. The PPC said “we would be more than engaged in discussions on how we can best approach funding” for the projects.

The Conservatives’ election platform calls for the Canadian Infrastructure Bank to be scrapped, although it also notes that it “will continue already committed projects.”

Another question appeared in the mayor’s questionnaire. He asked the parties if they would offer more financial support for police work at a time when police budgets are under control.

When the mayor asked the parties about funding for the police, the Green Party said Watson’s wording was a “mess”, rewrote the issue and indicated that the party would oppose extra money for frontline police.

The Left, Conservatives and PPC indicated more support for the police, while the NDP spoke of “investment in Community programs” and the need for a fair judicial system.

All answers to the questionnaire are posted on Watson’s website at jimwatsonottawa.ca.

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