The Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail are reporting that Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty and Toronto mayor David Miller are heading up to Thunder Bay tomorrow for a political announcement. Given the political players and the location of the announcement, it isn’t too much of a stretch to suggest that McGuinty will be announcing a provincial contribution to Toronto’s proposed purchase of 204 new streetcars from Bombardier.
It is not known whether McGuinty will commit Ontario to paying for two thirds of the cost of new streetcars, or if the federal government will be coming through with a third share. Federal officials would not comment on whether Stephen Harper, John Baird or any other government minister would be attending this announcement.
Except for the attendees and the location of the announcement, all of the above is speculation, and we won’t know for sure what Dalton McGuinty intends until the formal announcement is made tomorrow morning. We are, however, keeping our fingers crossed.
- Transit activist Steve Munro asks pointed questions about the health of the TTC’s current fleet of streetcars.