Forcing this announcement into the budget forces Horwath between a rock and a hard place. She could reject it, force an election and, if the Liberals lose, the Liberals will also go down as transit martyrs. They didn't have to do anything, but people will talk for a generation about how the Liberals under Wynne had this terrific plan and the NDP blew it. When you think about it, it's sort of Network 2011 under Peterson redux.
Exactly, there's no down side to promising anything and everything. They may as well have promoted high speed rail to Thunderbay.
1.) If you win, these projects are all so long term and contingent that there are a hundred different ways they could get cancelled or fundamentally altered. Odds are preliminary design wouldn't even be over before the next election cycle.
2.) If you loose, who cares. Like you say, it's Network 2011 all over again.
It's a bit more ridiculous since there's already been MoveOntario 2020 & The Big Move. Why not just run on the achievements there? It's totally ridiculous to release yet another MEGAPLANTOENDCONGESTIONFORALLTIME which just recycles the previous plan so as to avoid having to actually defend or endorse your own governance record.