Hudak says more LRT for Ottawa a priority, once books balanced in '16

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak was back in Ottawa Monday, trying to sway local voters by promising the city won't be shut out when it comes to getting provincial cash for Stage 2 of the light rail transit project.

Hudak reiterated he will balance the budget first by 2016, but then he'll sit down with the mayor and city councillors to talk LRT.

"Ottawa's going to get its fair share of funding for a change, because they've been ripped off and lied to for far too long," he told a crowd gathered in the Ottawa-Orleans riding. "Whatever Ottawa says is going to break gridlock."

Hudak also painted himself as the only leader vying to be premier that will put his money where his mouth is.

"If I don't carry through on my plan, including balancing the budget in two years, I'll step aside....Look, if it's in my plan, I'm going to do it," he said. "But I'm serious and my colleagues, future MPP's and cabinet ministers, will be committeed 100% to our plan. If my cabinet isn't, I'm going to dock their pay. I'm going to raise the standard. We need to do this because wer're inheriting an incredible mess in the province."

Hudak insisted a PC government is the best one to represent Ottawa at Queen's Park.

"For far too long, the Liberals have taken Ottawa votes for granted," he said. "They thought because [former premier] Dalton McGuinty came from Ottawa that folks were automatically going to mark their ballot 'Liberal.' Well, those Liberals are in for a very rude awakening on June 12 with a strong Ontario PC team."

Hudak added if he becomes premier, within the first 100 days on the job, the province will upload or take over the costs associated with the 174, which has long been on the wish list for city councillors.

Just a few days ago, Hudak said "no,we can't afford it" when asked if a PC government would ante up the close to $1 billion needed in provincial cash to build the next stage of LRT.

Ontarians head to the polls this Thursday.

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