High speed rail in Ontario closer to taking off with new advisory group
Premier says the Planning Advisory Board will consult with business, community and Indigenous groups
The provincial government took another step towards building a high speed rail line through southwestern Ontario, forming an advisory committee to consult with the private sector, stakeholders and Indigenous communities.
"This has never been done in Canada before and so we need to draw on rail and community expertise," Wynne said in a speech at the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
For three decades, governments have discussed building a rail link between Windsor and Toronto, with stops along way in cities such as Chatham-Kent and London.
In May, Wynne's government announced it was moving forward with a plan to build trains travelling as fast as 250 km/h, cutting in half rail travel time along the corridor.
The announcement followed a report commissioned by the province that determined the speedy rail line would be feasible.
Accused Monday of making high speed rail an election issue, Wynne defended the formation of the board as a necessary step to get the train rolling.
"If high speed rail could be finished immediately after the election, then I would say that was a legitimate accusation. This is about a vision for the province that will stand us in good stead for generations to come," said Wynne.
The province has set up a link on its webpage so people can find out more about the issues involved in building the rail line.