Tory plan to scrap 4 LRTs won't affect Waterloo Region

Plans by Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak to cancel four LRTs won't affect Waterloo Region, according to a party insider, because the train "has already left the station in K-W."

Province is providing $300 million of $532 million contract to build stage 1 of the project

Plans by Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak to cancel four LRTs won't affect Waterloo Region, according to a party insider, because the train "has already left the station in K-W."

The announcement was made by Hudak in Toronto Friday, promising voters that if he's elected premier, he would scrap four proposed LRT lines in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton in favour of subways for Toronto and all-day, two-way GO trains. 

"The train," Jacqui Delaney, a policy official with the Ontario Progressive Conservative party, wrote in an e-mail, "has already left the station in K-W."

"When we talk about scrapping LRTs we are referring to the GTHA," she wrote. 

Waterloo Region Council voted in March to award the $532 million contract to Granlinq to build stage 1 of the project, with $300 million coming from the province.