“Or Else”

Ontario’s $160-billion construction program is not letting cabinet ministers cut quite enough ribbons, apparently, so they’ve released a catalogue to celebrate previous ribbon-cuttings and warn implicitly that future ribbon-cuttings might not happen if you don’t vote for them.Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli did it at the University of Ottawa

Ontario’s $160-billion construction program is not letting cabinet ministers cut quite enough ribbons, apparently, so they’ve released a catalogue to celebrate previous ribbon-cuttings and warn implicitly that future ribbon-cuttings might not happen if you don’t vote for them.

Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli did it at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Tuesday morning, where a $135-million ribbon on a 145,000-square-foot expansion is due to be cut soon. He emitted an 80-page “infrastructure update” about how perfectly everything is going. Things that are done, things that are in progress, things that are planned, things that are but twinkles in politicians’ eyes.

“Ontario has a robust plan to build and renew its infrastructure,” the thing says. “The projects in the plan have been selected based on evidence and by considering such factors as service needs, economic impact, relationship to climate change and benefits to the local community. Infrastructure projects are spread across the province, allowing communities from across Ontario to benefit from the opportunities investments in infrastructure can bring.”

We’re talking $63 billion on transit, $33 billion on hospitals and health, $31 billion on highways. Schools, courthouses and jails and social housing are most of the rest.

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