Mayor Watson says it's 'asinine' to muse about not building Stage 2 LRT, which would be $1.2B more than previously estimated

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, February 26, 2019

Mayor Jim Watson says it’s “absolutely asinine” to consider not proceeding with Stage 2 LRT, while one of his council foes is questioning if he would fulfil his re-election promise at any cost.

Watson told reporters in Toronto on Tuesday that the public is “very much on board” with the Stage 2 program, which now has a price tag of $4.6 billion, up from the $3.4 billion council had been told it would cost to extend tracks to Moodie Drive, Algonquin College, Trim Road and Riverside South.

The mayor, who was at Queen’s Park in a 20-member delegation from Ottawa to have meetings with provincial cabinet ministers, said the city isn’t blowing the Stage 2 budget because, according to him, there isn’t a budget yet.