Ford pledges to restore Northlander passenger rail service, rebuild Highway 101

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Ontario Progressive Conservatives are pledging to improve road and rail transportation in northern Ontario, including investing $75 million to restore the Northlander passenger rail service between Toronto and Timmins, Ont.

Party leader Doug Ford says the Tories will also expand the formerly shuttered rail service by extending the Northlander to Cochrane, Ont., and adding a connection point to Polar Bear Express service to Moosonee, Ont.

The Northlander rail service was cancelled in 2012 by the then Liberal government, who said at the time it was too costly to subsidize.

The Progressive Conservatives announced a few weeks ago that it earmarked $75 million for the restoration of the rail, targeting the middle of this decade for service to restart.

During Sunday's campaign stop in Timmins, Ford also pledged the Tories would invest $74 million to rebuild Highway 101 through the city, describing it as a key traffic artery for the region's mining and forestry sectors.

Ford is the only party leader with a formal campaign stop scheduled for the day.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath won't be making any announcements, but is set to host a Mother's Day brunch in Cambridge, Ont.

That's one of several ridings in which the NDP came within striking distance in the 2018 election and are hoping to win this time.

Belinda Karahalios won the riding of Cambridge in the last election for the Progressive Conservatives but was kicked out of the caucus after voting against COVID-19 public health measures.

Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca will be taking a personal day.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 8, 2022.

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