I checked out the budget (which is available here) and all I could find was lip service to Queen's Park's "commitment" to public transit in Ottawa, on page 36, near the top:
The 2008 provincial budget, released by Finance Minister Dwight Duncan Tuesday afternoon, included $8.2 million for social housing and $27 million for public transit in Ottawa, both previously announced.
O'Brien said the budget is "not the big bang that we had last year, but all in all I'm pretty satisfied with how they treated Ottawa."
"In addition, the Province remains committed to transit improvements in the City of Ottawa in cooperation with municipal and federal partners. The Province will review the recently released vision for public transit in Ottawa and assess next steps with the City and federal government. The government remains committed to investing $200 million in transit in Ottawa."Which, even if it is lip service, says that (hopefully) we Ottawans can count on the province when the city council finally decides on which direction we're going in terms of transit.(page 36, "2008 Ontario Budget: Growing a Stronger Ontario")
I've got queries out to the information line about where that $27M is promised, as well as some to councillors regarding where that money's going to go. I'll provide updates when they become available.
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