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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930 or Jeff LeMoine, Internal/External PR Specialist, email@example.com, Office: (905) 771-4709, Cell: (416) 254-0641