With Premier Kathleen Wynne glad-handing across Simcoe-Grey today, MPP Jim Wilson rose in the Ontario Legislature and asked the government when it will finish the Highway 26 project at the eastern entrance to Collingwood.
After opening the main part of the new highway in 2012, the Liberal government put phase 3 of the project on the backburner, inconveniencing the town and local businesses.
"By not completing the five-laning of Highway 26 at the east end of Collingwood, the province is holding up job creation and economic development. If this section of highway was completed, the town could extend Sandford Fleming Drive to Highway 26, a move that would spur significant commercial development in the area," Wilson said in the legislature today. "This government has failed to do its job, so I ask, when will the minister commit to finishing this section of Highway 26, and will he state when the work will take place?"
However, Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca did not give Wilson a straight answer. And when Wilson pressed him on the matter, the minister again did not give a direct response.
"I'm hopeful after the premier's visit to the riding today, that she'll understand the need for completing the Highway 26 phase 3," Wilson said after Question Period. "I hope this doesn't go down in history as another project the Liberals can't get right."