Ontario judge grants Bombardier request for injunction against Metrolinx

A judge has stymied Metrolinx's effort to cancel a $770-million light rail contract with Bombardier Transportation.

Judge Glenn Hainey of the Ontario Superior Court today granted the company's request for an injunction to prevent the provincial transportation agency from terminating the deal without first undergoing a dispute resolution process.

Neither Metrolinx nor Bombardier were immediately available for comment.

Metrolinx alleges that Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) has repeatedly failed to deliver a prototype vehicle on time for the scheduled 2021 opening of the $5.3-billion Eglinton Crosstown line, citing deficiencies in the company's operations in Mexico and Thunder Bay, Ont.

It has said Bombardier's injunction is a tactic to force it into months of litigation that would make it impossible for another supplier to provide the vehicles on time.

Bombardier has rejected Metrolinx's allegations, saying it will deliver the vehicles on time by November 2018, well before the Eglinton Crosstown tracks are even built.