The Toronto Star has an inconclusive but hopeful report on the fate of Toronto's infrastructure stimulus request to buy 204 new streetcars to replace its aged, rapidly failing fleet.
Just last week, Federal Transport Minister John Baird was caught on tape saying Toronto "should f--- off" and explaining that the city's request - a single project to buy the new streetcars, worth $1.2 billion - did not meet the federal government's criteria.
Under Toronto's tentative contact with Bombardier, the streetcars will be built in Thunder Bay and create 5,000 jobs.
Baird later apologized for the remark, adding "the best is yet to come" for Toronto's transit plan.
Now Toronto Mayor David Miller and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty have stated that they will make a public announcement in Thunder Bay this Friday. The expectation is that they will declare the purchase is going ahead.
The federal government will not confirm whether it will also be in attendance or whether it will approve the purchase plan or commit its share of the cost. According to the Building Canada Fund rules, if a project is approved it must be financed equally by the three levels of government.
The contract with Bombardier to manufacture the streetcars expires on June 27.
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