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Kathleen Wynne, feeling that Disney magic, has got a super train for you

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Just recently a new rail service began in Florida, which, when completed, will swiftly shuttle happy families from Miami to the wonders of Disney World, 380 km away.

The line isn’t limited to Disney patrons alone, but perhaps the allure of that fairytale world helped spur the enthusiasm of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne for the wonders of train travel. Disney, of course, is a magical place where fantastical things happen; Wynne’s Liberals appear to need something equally wondrous to happen if they’re to hold onto office in June.

Among the many spending plans the Liberals trumpeted in their pre-election budget is $11 billion for a high-speed rail line from Toronto to Windsor. The line, it promised, would pay for itself by generating billions in new revenue as people and industry flock to be near it. “I’m very excited,” said Transport Minister Kathryn McGarry. “This is a project that can look to see $20 billion worth of economic activity — due to high-speed rail.”

The rail pledge drew surprisingly little attention, perhaps overwhelmed by the barrage of promises Wynne unveiled as her Liberals try to lift themselves from the floor of public opinion. Or perhaps people felt they’d heard it all before: Liberals have been having high-speed rail dreams for years, usually focused on a Quebec City-to-Windsor route. Former federal cabinet member Joe Volpe was a big proponent, and former leader Michael Ignatieff saw it as a Big Thing Canada could do to show we were still capable of Big Things, though he eventually........

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