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Ford and McGuinty meet Tuesday

by Jonathan Jenkins
City Hall Bureau

The first face-to-face between new Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Premier Dalton McGuinty is set for Tuesday.

Just hours before Ford’s official swearing in at City Hall, he’ll take the five-minute drive north on University Ave. to meet McGuinty at Queen’s Park at 9:30 a.m.

The two will have much to discuss, most importantly the fate of the $8.1 billion Transit City light rail plan.

Ford has declared Transit City dead and wants to build more expensive subways, especially along the already-begun Sheppard line.

But the money for light rail comes mostly from the province — and the new mayor will need McGuinty’s agreement to bury Sheppard.

The two will also likely discuss the province’s tardiness in handing over 50% of the cost of administering Ontario Works for 2010 and Ford’s campaign promise to slash city council in half — something that requires provincial legislation.