Very true as SWO is getting sick of being ignored by Ottawa despite it's population. It's odd that the Liberals wouldn't put more pressure on VIA for a London and eventually Windsor extension before Quebec City. Quebec City is decidedly Conservative and where there are races it is usually with the Tories and Bloc not the Liberals. Politically they have little to gain from Quebec but SWO is a very different matter. London has always been a Liberal bastion but even it now has an NDP riding. With the NDP tanking the Liberals have a very good shot at getting 7 seats from the NDP in Hamilton/London/Windsor and Brantford and Sarnia would also be within reach. If it's the northern route they could secure Kitchener-Conestoga and Cambridge which are leaning Conservative.I wouldn't worry too much. He's posturing pre-election. He'll be back to cooperating after the election.
IfF HFRlaunches successfully, there will be plenty of pressure from Southwestern Ontario for a similar service. I just want HFR to get off the ground. It's very existence will change the conversation. We still have two years till the report comes out.