Conservative Diesel Tax Cut proposal does nothing for transit riders, systems

    OTTAWA, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ -

                         FCM Campaign Reality Check

    - A two cent cut in the excise tax on diesel fuel is worth $ 9.2 million
      per year to Canada's transit systems - less than one quarter of
      one percent of their $ 4.8 billion in annual operating costs
      (Source: Canadian Urban Transit Association, 2007).

    - The proposed cut will cost the federal treasury $600 million per year.
      Less than two percent of those dollars, or one dollar in 60, will
      directly benefit transit systems.

    - A Strategic Counsel survey released last week showed that 8 in 10
      Canadians think the federal government should dedicate more of its fuel
      tax revenues to repairing and building public transit systems. This
      announcement does not touch on investment needs.

    - Six in 10 Canadians say they would be more likely to take public
      transit if service was improved. The excise tax cut will do nothing to
      get more buses on the road or improve existing commuter rail service.

    - One in five Canadians are ready to switch to public transit because of
      the high price of filling up their cars. But most urban transit systems
      are at or beyond capacity at peak hours. New federal funding - not
      marginal tax cuts - are needed to help Canadians make the switch from
      cars to transit.

    - The priority for transit systems are for new investments, not cuts to
      the fuel tax.

For further information:

For further information: Maurice Gingues, FCM, (613) 907-6395

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