Ford Nation's the Git 'er Done gang, except when it comes to delivering the Crosstown on-time and on-budget

On The Ledge

28-04-2023 • 32 mins

The OTL gang is assembled! Keith Leslie at CHCH-TV, John Wright SVP Maru Public Opinion and SSN Chief Executive Producer Dave Trafford are around the table.

In this episode:

  • We've learned the Therme has landed a 95 year lease at Ontario Place but still no details on the structure of the contract. And Jeff Gray reports in the Globe and Mail, the province is in talks with Ontario LIVE to "lease a prime spot in its Ontario Place redevelopment". Turns out the prinicipal and sole director of Ontario LIVE is a long time "social" friend to the Ford family.
  • The Eglinton Crosstown, by every measure, has been a complete failure of the P3 procurement model. Neither the Transportation Minister, Carolyn Mulroney, nor Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster can say when the largest transit project in Canada will be completed. It was supposed to be up and running TWO YEARS AGO. Now, Verster is citing 260 quality control issues that have caused the delays. Where is the accountability? This project was budgeted at just over $9 billion. The projected budget is now well over $13 billion - a nearly 50% overrun.
  • And is Ford's $112 million dollar commitment to track violent offenders who are out on bail an admission of failure? Why has it taken five years to come up with this program?

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