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Ford in Hamilton defending urban boundary expansion

Accompanied by a phalanx of Cabinet Ministers, Premier Doug Ford addressed a number of local Hamilton issues while in Hamilton to make a funding announcement Thursday. Asked about the Hamilton LRT line Ford acknowledged that cost overruns on the $3.4 Million project are likely to happen but he reaffirmed his commitment to the project as did Mayor Andrea Horwath who was also on hand for the announcement.

He appeared to hint that there might be more money in the works for health care workers, pointing out yesterday and repeating today that bill 124, the bill that capped provincial workers’ pay increases to one percent, had lapsed. This despite the fact that the government is appealing a court ruling that shot down the bill.

With regard to the decision by the government to overrule the decision by Hamilton Council to freeze the city’s urban boundary, Ford was asked  what he would say to councillors who insist that Hamilton can meet its housing targets without boundary expansion.

The announcement that brought Ford to Hamilton was a provincial contribution of $1.5 million towards a $15 million dollar investment being made by Bimbo Bakers, the former Canada Bread, in a high-tech production line for manufacturing tortillas. Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horwath drew laughs when she described the investment as “very much kneaded.”

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