OTTAWA, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader John
Tory today committed to applying the new funding from his 'Truth in Taxes'
commitment to help Ontario cities to address rising gridlock and other
mounting transportation infrastructure needs.
"Cities throughout Ontario are grappling with the stresses and strains
that accompany a growing population," Mr Tory said, "Dalton McGuinty said he
would tackle gridlock, but he has not delivered. His main transportation
promise offers no funding for anybody until 2011, and in Ottawa it is far from
clear what he would deliver even then. For the health of our environment,
competitiveness of our economy, and the quality of life for families across
the province, we must demand stronger leadership."
Mr. Tory made his remarks in Ottawa, which faces increasing gridlock,
especially at the 417/174 junction also known as "The Split." For years "The
Split" has been one of the Ottawa region's most pressing infrastructure needs,
yet it has received no attention from the McGuinty government.
"Dalton McGuinty once promised he would fix 'The Split,'" Mr. Tory
explained, "Yet for 45 months he did nothing to help Ottawa's frustrated
Mr. Tory also used his remarks to highlight other infrastructure
priorities that have been neglected by the McGuinty government, citing
examples such as the eastern extension of the 407, and '4 laning' of northern
highways like Highway 11.
"The infrastructure deficit currently facing our growing communities is
unacceptable," Mr. Tory said, "Ontario drivers are currently paying over a
billion dollars more in gasoline and fuel taxes than what is being invested in
the transportation systems on which they depend. I am committed to dedicating
every single penny collected in provincial gas and fuel taxes to the road and
transit systems that badly need them."
For better roads and transit, leadership matters.
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