McKenney called for LRT inquiry; Sutcliffe’s co-chairs voted to stop it

Mayoral candidate Catherine McKenney issued the following statement on LRT transparency

October 20, 2022 (OTTAWA) — “The flaws in Ottawa’s LRT are a clear symptom of the culture of secrecy and bad decision-making that was fostered at City Hall. The most expensive project undertaken by the city was a P3 failure that resulted in ongoing derailments, shutdowns and costly repairs, and worst of all leaving riders stranded as they travelled to work and home. 

That’s why I twice called for a public inquiry into the LRT. 

Unfortunately, a majority of Council voted against the transparency of an inquiry, including Mark Sutcliffe campaign co-chairs Jean Cloutier and Eli El-Chantiry.

Fixing Ottawa’s beleaguered light rail system will be an early challenge for the next council, as the Ottawa LRT inquiry will deliver its final report by November 30th. We need a mayor who will take action on the findings of the inquiry, not a mayor who is beholden to those who rejected transparency on LRT. 

On October 24, you have a choice. I have a plan to fix transit and make it more affordable. And I have the experience to implement the findings of the inquiry. You know you can trust in my commitment to transparency and honesty.”

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Catherine McKenney is running for Mayor to make Ottawa the greenest, healthiest, and most connected city in Canada. For more information visit mckenney2022.ca.

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