April 17th, 2019

Fife says conservatives must commit to twinning of Highway 7 and two-way, all day GO

QUEEN’S PARK – During question period Wednesday, NDP MPP for Waterloo, Catherine Fife, said the Ford government has left the people of Kitchener-Waterloo “waiting and guessing” about whether it will fund or complete critical regional transit and infrastructure projects — namely, the twinning of Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph and the delivery of two-way, all-day GO service.

“People from Waterloo Region to Guelph desperately need better transit to connect them to the rest of the province, and better infrastructure to reduce the extreme road congestion they face,” Fife said. “People here need to be able to get to school, and commute to work, like everyone else in Ontario. Yet the Ford government refuses to make it easier for Waterloo Region families to get around — Doug Ford’s budget cut about $250 million from provincial highway infrastructure expenditures, as compared to the 2018-19 budget, with further cuts anticipated. And Ford’s budget neglects all mention of funding for the Highway 7 twinning project.

With $120 million already spent on the project, it’s unclear when, or if, it’ll be finished.

The Ford government must commit to a concrete plan and follow through with the twinning of Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph, as well as to expanded GO service. People in the Waterloo Region deserve more, not less, from their government.”