Wynne won’t say where money will go if next mayor nixes subway plan
ABOVE: Premier Kathleen Wynne announced nearly 29 billion dollars over the next decade for transportation infrastructure projects across the province Friday
TORONTO – Premier Kathleen Wynne is tight-lipped about whether provincial money earmarked to expand a Toronto subway could be used for other city projects if a new mayor wants to change the plan.
Some of Toronto’s mayoral candidates say they want to cancel the subway that the province agreed to fund after a series of contentious negotiations with the city.
The governing Liberals had planned to build a light rail line in east-end Toronto, but changed their mind when city council voted in favour of a subway extension.
Wynne wouldn’t say whether she’d allow the $1.4 billion pledged to the subway to be used for other projects, saying there’s a plan currently in place and she won’t go into hypotheticals.
However, a spokeswoman for the premier later said that the province will go ahead with the subway extension, even if the next mayor or city council change their minds.
Wynne says she would work with whoever is elected mayor on Oct. 27 and hopes they will work with the province to make the best decisions for the city’s residents.
© The Canadian Press, 2014