Maguire to launch mayoral campaign

Mike Maguire - the man who is challenging Jim Watson for the position of Mayor in the October municipal election - is officially launching his campaign Thursday night.

This is Maguire's second second time running for the position.

He told Madely in the Morning the costs of Phase II of the LRT project are prohibitive and he would like to see public transit expanded in a different direction.

"I'm not saying in the end that we won't have a need for an LRT solution using electric rail in the inner city," he said. "As a first solution, I would prefer to see rail put back on the existing rail corridors throughout Ottawa. Let's see a commuter rail service like Go Transit and let's have trains back on the tracks from south of Orleans, Kanata, Stittsville, Richmond. We've got all kinds of rail throughout the city. Let's re-use it."

As Mayor, Maguire said he would also address hydro rates, traffic back logs and rising taxes.

Maguire was one of 20 candidates in the last election and garnered 2.5 per cent of the vote.

Maguire was set to launch his campaign at 5 p.m. at the St. Louis Bar & Grill on Clyde Avenue.

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