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article imageToronto Mayor, Ontario Premier hold first meeting on transit

By Andrew Moran     Dec 7, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - New Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty held their first face-to-face meeting at the Premier's office in the Ontario Legislature at Queen's Park in Toronto. The two discussed Toronto's transit system.
What are we going to do about the future of Toronto’s transit system?
That was the key question following Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s announcement last week that “Transit City is over” and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s warnings that any cancellation or revision fees will be paid out of the pockets of Toronto taxpayers.
On Tuesday, Ford and McGuinty met face-to-face at the Premier’s office to discuss Transit City, Ford’s subway plans and financial projections, according to the Globe and Mail. Ford told reporters after the meeting that the two had a “very productive” meeting.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty delivering a speech.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty delivering a speech.
“As you know, there was never a vote on council for Transit City, and if there was I'd like to see that. We never voted on Transit City. As you know, (incoming TTC chair) Karen Stintz is a very, very capable councillor – she's setting up our TTC commission with some very good councillors,” said Ford.
“We're going to work with the province to implement our plan, our subway plan. And our subway plan is to go underground. That's what I campaigned on, that's what the people want. They gave us a very clear message that they want subways. They do not want streetcars.”
The Toronto Sun reports that Ford cut the media scrum short and Nick Kouvalis, the mayor’s chief of staff, said “he’s covered everything. We’re moving. I’m going to push.”
The mayor will be sworn-in at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Ford is expected to make an inaugural speech prior to city council’s first meeting. Hockey legend Don Cherry will introduce Ford, which will break traditions because, in the past, either the Lieutenant General, member of the judiciary or the clerk introduce the new mayor.
For a full schedule of the day, click here.
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