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Ottawa asks Harris, ‘Where’s the money?’

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Ottawa Mayor, Bob Chiarelli, has lashed out at Premier Mike Harris, accusing him of spouting off em...


OTTAWA, Ont. — Ottawa Mayor, Bob Chiarelli, has lashed out at Premier Mike Harris, accusing him of spouting off empty promises to win votes.

The accusations come as Ottawa struggles to find solutions to their growing traffic concerns.

The city has identified a number of projects that they claim need funding, such as widening the Queensway in the west, widening Fallowfield Road, Terry Fox Drive, Strandherd Drive and a bridge on Strandherd that will form the basis of a ring road across the Rideau River to Gloucester.

Chiarelli says Harris has made multi-million dollar promises to help out, but little action has been taken.

“The premier’s announcement on the ring road, by all reasonable conclusions, is a spin move to make it look as if they are interested in solving our infrastructure problems. It was intended to be a scheme to deflect attention,” Chiarelli told local media. “They are jerking us around, spinning us until we are blue in the face.”

Ontario Finance Department spokespeople claim that if money was promised in the budget, it will be granted.


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