Municipalities support CAA SCO's position on the HST

THORNHILL, ON, May 11 /CNW/ - For the last 10 months, drivers in Ontario have been forced to pay more at the pumps because of rising oil prices and the implementation of the controversial HST.

It's been almost a year since the HST took effect and CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) continues to call for a portion of the sales tax collected on fuel to be dedicated to transportation infrastructure and maintenance.

In July of 2010, CAA SCO launched an online HST petition. To date, approximately 7,500 concerned citizens have signed that petition.

CAA SCO and the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) are reaching out to municipalities for support on this key issue. In the past two months, over 100 municipalities have endorsed our HST resolution. The supporting municipalities include Windsor, Halton, Hamilton, Mississauga, and York among others and represent more than four million Ontarians. The resolution calls for a portion of the revenue derived from HST charged on gasoline and diesel sales to be directed to a new predictable funding mechanism. This will allow Ontario's municipalities to make critical investments in transportation infrastructure.

"One way for the provincial government to minimize the burden on drivers is to use the new revenue to improve roads and transit so we can get where we need to be faster," said John Ennis, Government Relations Specialist, CAA SCO. "With a provincial election this fall, CAA SCO is calling on you to speak up and let Premier Dalton McGuinty and Finance Minister Dwight Duncan know how you want the HST spent," added Ennis.

CAA SCO estimates that the provincial government will collect approximately $1.53 billion annually in new revenue through the application of the HST on gasoline and diesel sales.

"As a result of the recent stimulus spending, Ontario's municipalities were able to make some headway on their infrastructure deficits," said John Curley, President of the OGRA. "Dedicating some of the HST revenue derived from fuel sales towards a predictable sustainable funding regime for municipal infrastructure will provide Ontario with the assets needed to be competitive in a globalized 21st century."

Earlier this week at Queen's Park, New Democrat MPP Michael Prue read out the petition and submitted the signatures to the legislature.

CAA South Central Ontario is urging the voters of Ontario to join us by adding your name to the growing list of supporters, click on https://www.caasco.com/community/worst-roads/take-action.jsp.

CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering insurance, travel, automotive care and roadside services. There are more than 1.8 million CAA members in South Central Ontario and 5 million members in Canada. We're more than Roadside Assistance. We're Life-side Assistance. Visit www.caasco.com.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information:

Media contact: Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Specialist, CAA SCO, sace@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Internal/External PR Specialist, jlem@caasco.ca, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641


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