Comment 39144

By jasonaallen (registered) - website | Posted March 26, 2010 at 10:31:00

You nailed it Ryan. Provincial funding in the face of a record deficit was alway the potential spanner for Hamilton LRT, and Mr. Duncan just tossed it end over end into the machine.

There's going to be a ton of naval gazing and wound licking over this, but the bottom line is that we were dangled tidbit after tidbit from the province, and then had the rug pulled out from under us.

Were we all naive to think that the province would ever come through with it? Or were we naive to think the record economic growth of 2000-2008 would never stumble - which would then precipitate a very predictable reduction in govt spending?

I'm a realpolitik kind of guy, and in the face of an economic hit as big as Ontario's - 'big spend/five' type projects are the easiest to cut, and face the least fallout.

Perhaps the solution is to continue (as the readers of this blog are doing everyday) local solutions to these problems that can be addressed with things like land use intensification, walkable communities, and re-localization of Hamilton's economy?

Or maybe I'm the one being naive now?

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