Hudak Talks Transit at City Hall
A confident Tim Hudak appeared outside Toronto city hall less than 24 hours after we learned Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty planned on stepping down from his post.
It what felt almost like a campaign style stop, Hudak was faced with questions about his transit plan (calling for the province to take over TTC LRT and subway lines) as well as his shot at becoming premier and his chances with McGuinty gone.
He was also introduced by Toronto deputy mayor Doug Holyday as "the next premier of the province of Ontario."
He didn't say much, only alluding to the fact that maybe he'd have liked to take another shot at McGuinty in an election and that he'll let others handicap possible Liberal contenders.
But in further discussing his transit vision, Hudak talked like he already or would soon wield the power afforded to a premier.
He re-affirmed his support for subways and said if he held Ontario's top job he'd consider all options in examining transit expansion in the GTA.
Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli dismissed the idea that Toronto's transit plan could see dramatic changes, calling it "off the rails."
"Toronto City Council has voted overwhelmingly to support the Metrolinx plan and we already have shovels in the ground, he said.