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Oshawa asks Transportation Minister to share Hwy 407 East Extension business case

OSHAWA, ON, March 1 /CNW/ - In a further effort to hold the McGuinty Government to its promise to complete the Hwy 407 extension eastward to Hwy 35/115 by 2013, Oshawa Mayor John Henry is asking the Ministry of Transportation to share the project's business case.

"It is nonsense that the province can't afford this planned and promised Hwy 407 extension - especially given that this is a P3 project," said Oshawa Mayor Henry.

"The private sector will design, build, finance and maintain the highway extension and the province is already purchasing the land so why can't they afford to proceed with the entire project from Brock Road to Hwy 35/115?"

"The argument that it can't be done because of the economic climate is a weak one," explained Mayor Henry. "In fact, the expedited construction of the Hwy 407 extension from Pickering to Hwy 35/115 will support thousands of direct and indirect jobs and strengthen southern Ontario's economy."

Oshawa Mayor John Henry joined MPPs Christine Elliott (Whitby-Oshawa), Jerry Ouellette (Oshawa) and John O'Toole (Durham) at Queen's Park on February 24.

MPP Elliott debated her Private Member's Resolution, which aims to ensure the extension of Hwy 407, eastward from Pickering to Hwy 35/115, as originally agreed with the federal government in the FLOW Agreement dated March 2, 2007. In addition, 3,000 signed petition postcards - collected by the City of Oshawa and delivered by Mayor Henry - were presented to the Ontario legislature.

MPP Elliott's motion was defeated 23-9. Those in support were MPPs Robert Bailey (Sarnia-Lambton), Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale-High Park), Christine Elliott (Whitby-Oshawa), Ernie Hardeman (Oxford), Frank Klees (Newmarket-Aurora), John O'Toole (Durham), Jerry Ouellette (Oshawa), Michael Prue (Beaches-East York) and Joyce Savoline (Burlington). Those who voted against the motion included MPPs Rick Johnson (Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock) and Joe Dickson (Ajax-Pickering). MPP Jeff Leal, representative for Peterborough, departed shortly before the vote.

A completed Hwy 407 East Extension to Hwy 35/115 will:

  • ensure that Ontario businesses can compete on the world stage;
  • address congestion, quality of life, safety and environmental concerns;
  • further economic development, tourism and job creation for all of southern Ontario;
  • facilitate the important transportation of goods through the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Quebec/Windsor corridor; and,
  • save money for the taxpayers of Ontario by moving forward with the project in one phase.

The City of Oshawa launched the RAMP it up! campaign on January 24, 2011 to petition the province to proceed with the Hwy 407 East Extension project as planned and promised. Within the first six weeks of the campaign, the City has collected 3,000 signed petition postcards, approximately 1,500 names on the online petition and close to 100 business letters of support.

Municipalities and stakeholder groups from across southern Ontario continue to join the campaign. Supporters include St. Catharines, Vaughan, Peterborough, Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Durham Real Estate Board, as well as MP Bob Rae, MPP Tim Hudak and MPP Michael Prue.

For more information, visit www.oshawa.ca/407 or follow the campaign on twitter @oshawacity.

SOURCE City of Oshawa

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Mayor John Henry
City of Oshawa
407@oshawa.ca
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