It’s a bit of old news, but it’s a slow week. And, in light of today’s debate at City Council, the news may be relevant again.
Laura Albanese spoke in Queen’s Park two weeks ago to half-support an underground Eglinton line. When the time came, however, to vote to overrule Toronto City Council and back Rob Ford, Albanese voted with her party and in favour of Transit City, which would unbury the part of the line that will go through Mount Dennis.
In a particularly raucous session, Albanese said, “I’m a big supporter of the Eglinton crosstown line and I’ve been clear and consistent in supporting an underground Eglinton crosstown line since the beginning…. This area would be subject to the highest number of expropriations on the entire line if it were to be built above ground, so area residents and I were therefore heartened by the fact that a new memorandum of understanding foresaw an environmental assessment that would have looked at extending the line underground till Jane Street.”
In what seems to me to be a contraction, though, she said, “I don’t think that anyone in here is against subways, but I think that a world-class city needs a variety of options, not just one in particular.”
When Conservatives’ bill went to a vote, it was defeated. The Liberals and NDP voted to honour City Council’s decision.