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Premier talks Ford's lack of LRT plan, Watson not fazed

Kathleen Wynne said she can't guarantee that the next provincial government will want to continue to fund Ottawa's light rail project, if it isn't a Liberal government. Ottawa's mayor isn't worried.
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Premier Kathleen Wynne at Louis Riel High School. Jenn Pritchard/ OttawaMatters

Funding for the next phase of Ottawa's light rail transit project was discussed at a local campaign stop by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

She visited Louis Riel High School in Blackburn Hamlet at 10:15 a.m., Monday.

When asked about LRT funding, Wynne said it is not something she can guarantee if she is not re-elected in June. 

"People always want to come [to me] and say, 'Can you make sure that this doesn't change, just in case you don't get elected?' And my answer always has to be, 'No,'" she explained. "We cannot guarantee what another government would do. What I can tell you is, on infrastructure, I cannot tell you what commitments Doug Ford has made."

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson was in attendance Wynne's tour stop. 

In response to the Premier's comment, he said he's not worried about not having the funding for the light rail project no matter who gets elected in June. Watson believes the city has the full support of the provincial government, and added that they are going full steam ahead with the plans for phase two of construction. 

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