Ontario government appoints head of Ottawa LRT investigation, report expected in August – Ottawa

The Ontario government said Friday it has appointed a commissioner to lead the public inquiry into Ottawa’s turbulent light rail system, with a final report due in August 2022.

Judge William Hourigan will lead the investigation first announced in November amid public outcry over liability following two derailments on the Confederation Line LRT in August and September.

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The public inquiry will look at the procurement, delivery and operation of the first phase of the system.

Hourigan’s report will also include recommendations to improve line safety.

“The challenges plaguing Stage 1 of the Ottawa LRT are unacceptable and disappointing. This public inquiry is a cautious approach to get to the root of these problems and prevent them from happening again,” Transport Secretary Caroline Mulroney said in a statement Friday.

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“Determining the scope of the investigation and appointing Judge Hourigan is an important step toward secure project execution, accountability and value for taxpayers’ money.”

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Hourigan previously served as a judge on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2013. He specializes in complex commercial litigation over a 25-year career in law and public service, according to the Ontario government. .

The county has pledged $600 million for Phase 1 of LRT in Ottawa and an additional $1.2 billion for the second phase, which is currently under construction.

Ottawa city councilors will meet Friday at a special financial and economic development committee meeting to receive an update on the construction of Phase 2, previously reported to be experiencing potential delays.

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