Ontario Greens call on MPP’s to vote against Tory private member Subway Bill

Toronto Subway map circa 2010- The Toronto Subway covered approximately 60% of the city area- Metrolinx hope to expand coverage and have support from Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Tim Hudak’s private member’s bill to require Toronto to build subways is financially irresponsible. The GPO is calling on all MPPs to vote against the motion. “Hudak’s motion would overrule Toronto city council’s transit plans. This makes a mockery of any claim the Tories have to
financial responsibility and respecting local decision making,” says GPO leader Mike Schreiner. The GPO supports smart investments that make transit available for the most people at the lowest cost. “We must reduce gridlock in the GTA,” says Schreiner. “Gridlock costs us over $6 billion per year in lost productivity and reduces our quality of life. Toronto needs a transit plan that gives the biggest bang for our buck.” Although the GPO has concerns about the messy transit debate in Toronto, the party supports council’s efforts to develop a financially viable plan that delivers better transit service in Toronto.

“No one has put forward a credible plan to fund subway construction in Toronto,” says GPO transportation critic Tim Grant. “Hudak’s irresponsible interference further derails real solutions on transit in Toronto.” The GPO believes that the province should only provide funding for rapid transit to cities that create plans to establish enough density around each major transit stop, so that the new systems can eventually pay for themselves once built.

-Becky Smit Cell: 647-830-6486 Office: 416-977-7476
beckysmit@gpo.ca Sent from Green Party of Ontario

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2 Responses to Ontario Greens call on MPP’s to vote against Tory private member Subway Bill

  1. Tim Hudak’s private member’s bill to require Toronto to build subways is
    financially irresponsible. The GPO is calling on all MPPs to vote against
    the motion.
    “Hudak’s motion would overrule Toronto city council’s transit plans.
    This makes a mockery of any claim the Tories have to
    financial responsibility and respecting local decision making,” says
    GPO leader Mike Schreiner. The GPO supports smart investments that
    make transit available for the most people at the lowest cost. “We
    must reduce gridlock in the GTA,” says Schreiner. “Gridlock costs us
    over $6 billion per year in lost productivity and reduces our quality
    of life. Toronto needs a transit plan that gives the biggest bang for
    our buck.” Although the GPO has concerns about the messy transit
    debate in Toronto, the party supports council’s efforts to develop a
    financially viable plan that delivers better transit service in
    Toronto. “No one has put forward a credible plan to fund subway
    construction in Toronto,” says GPO transportation critic Tim Grant.
    “Hudak’s irresponsible interference further derails real solutions on
    transit in Toronto.” The GPO believes that the province should only
    provide funding for rapid transit to cities that create plans to
    establish enough density around each major transit stop, so that the
    new systems can eventually pay for themselves once built.

    Becky Smith Green Party of Ontario

  2. The most strange thing about Mr. Hudak is, that in 1995 as a member of the Progressive Conservative government he wanted to bury subways and even moved to end the construction of the Eglinton subway line. I wonder what’s behind this sudden change of heart.

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