Setting the record straight on high-speed rail, tech sector support and back-to-work legislation

We’ve listened to the people of Ontario and we’re choosing to invest in care and opportunity

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


It’s time to set the record straight.

The Ontario Liberal Party and the NDP differ from each other on significant issues. As Premier Wynne stated, “We’re looking for the fairest, most practical solution and the NDP are looking for the purest ideological solution.”

One of these issues is divisive for public service workers, the government and the public – labour disputes and strikes. The NDP leader states publicly that her party would not introduce back-to-work legislation in labour disputes. This would mean lengthy and widespread disruption to services for the broader public during a strike.

The Ontario Liberal Party is the only party in the current election campaign to include high-speed rail in its platform. The NDP would like you to think that they have covered it on page 94 of their platform, but that is simply not true. There is no mention of high-speed rail anywhere in their platform.

Building high-speed rail between Toronto and Windsor is a first, not just for Ontario, but also for Canada. We have committed more than $11 billion to build the first phase from Toronto to London, and the early stages of the planning, design and environmental assessment work are underway. Over the next 60 years, the economic benefits from high-speed rail are expected to yield more than $20 billion. How?

  • - The number of vehicles on our highways will be significantly reduced;
  • - Commuters will be spared hours of sitting in traffic jams;
  • - There will be savings on operating vehicles;
  • - Vehicle-generated pollution will be reduced.

Regarding support for our local tech sector, the Waterloo NDP candidate also claimed that the Ontario Liberal government has done little to support start-ups and the tech sector in Waterloo Region. Nothing could be further from the truth. We have:

  • - Created the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs, which works with industry, academia, and government to stimulate business-led innovation;
  • - Created the Jobs and Prosperity Fund (JPF), providing $2.7 billion over 10 years to enhance productivity, bolster innovation, and grow Ontario’s exports;
  • - Created the Strategic Partnerships Stream, focused on adopting Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, big data analytics and Smart Computing technologies, and creating next-generation products and services;
  • - Supported the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium at the University of Waterloo;
  • - Supported autonomous vehicle research and development at the University of Waterloo, and
  • - Invested in Communitech (which has launched 2,600 tech start-ups since 2009); Miovision; Thalmic Labs; Sandvine; Axonify; and Christie Digital.

Clearly, the NDP are not being honest about the Liberals’ extensive record in supporting our local tech sector. Their platform doesn't even mention A.I., advanced manufacturing, the life sciences sector, fin tech (a new industry that uses technology to improve activities in finance), and cyber security. Find out more about how we help small start-ups launch and grow a tech business, and how to access available grants.

Let’s be clear. We already have a visionary track record on tech and high-speed rail. We’re setting the record straight, because we’ve listened to the people of Ontario – not just one special interest group – and we’re choosing to invest in care and opportunity. Read our fully costed platform.

Peter Hughes
Campaign Manager for Dorothy McCabe
Phone: 519-342-4052