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Ford makes campaign stop in Timmins

He reaffirmed commitments to bringing back passenger rail and rebuilding Highway 101

TIMMINS — Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford was on the campaign trail in Timmins Sunday. 

Joined by Timmins PC candidate George Pirie in front of the Timmins Museum:National Exhibition Centre, Ford reaffirmed commitments to bringing back passenger rail and rebuilding Highway 101 in Timmins. 

“After decades of neglect, Highway 101 is now voted one of the worst roads in Ontario, that’s unacceptable. The people in Timmins deserve better than roads with huge potholes, that’s why a re-elected PC government will invest $74 million to rebuild Highway 101 from the west right over to the Porcupine Ontario Northland rail crossing in the east. And there couldn’t be a better time to rebuild the highway because we’re investing $75 million to bring the Northlander Passenger rail back to Timmins,” Ford said. 

Last month, Ford was in Timmins to announce the additional cash to return passenger rail service in Northern Ontario. 

The $74 million for the Connecting Link was included in the Ontario budget, which hasn't been approved. 

When asked if the city will see that money regardless of who is elected in the riding, Ford used the opportunity to stump for Pirie. 

After the stop at the museum, Ford visited The Bucket Shop.

Ford has been on a tour of Northern Ontario this weekend.

On Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie, he announced several Northern Ontario road-building and infrastructure projects.

Following the Timmins stop, Ford was heading to North Bay.