Reign in 407ETR first! Then hold your hand out…

Change the 407 Act supporters, this cause can really use your support right now. Please go to the Premier’s website and vote this policy idea up. If you have any positive suggestions, please post them there. This could go a long way to nipping this issue in the butt once and for all. Here’s the link!/13642-25935 Thank-you so much for sharing this and helping decision makers pay attention to this.


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This article can be found in the Toronto Caribbean on page 14,  you can download here

On June 21st, 2012 I wrote an article titled “Can Highway 407 Ease our Congestion Woes”? In that article I pointed out how Mayor Hazel McCallion had a meeting with Premier McGuinty that caught all the media outlets off guard. Mayor Hazel met with Premier McGuinty to talk tough on raising taxes/tolls to fund a needed $40 billion dollar investment in infrastructure projects. Most of the commentary surrounding this announcement focused on Public Transit.

Just last week I was put onto a YouTube video of that lovable Rick Mercer from 2009 where he interviewed Mayor Hazel. The title of the video was RMR: Welcome to Mississauga. In the beginning of the video, Rick asks Mayor Hazel how she was able to be elected to office for over 31 years. Mayor Hazel says, “Well you have to look after your people and keep your taxes down and bring lots of jobs into the city … we are debt free… the 6th largest city in Canada… 3rd largest in Ontario… and have $700 million in reserves”. Now that’s impressive! Ironically by the end of the video when Rick asks Mayor Hazel what if any regrets she had, her answer was “transportation was not a basis of our development, unfortunately therefore, we are now struggling to provide a major public transit system.”

Now that’s an honest answer. I admire her for her courage to admit that. There are some in the City of Mississauga that are disgruntled over the transportation crisis the City faces. One individual I spoke with is curious as to what happened to the most recent $17 million dollar investment in MiWay. I found his inquiry interesting as I was wondering why Mayor Hazel was looking to raise taxes/tolls for a further $40 million dollars for public transit if she has $700 million in reserves and $17 million had already been invested.

As many of you already know, I have been pushing to have the Province reign in 407ETR’s rising tolls & customer service issues. Municipalities should be planning for public transit as they grow, not wait and then say oops and make everyone else pay for that … oversight. Any talk of tolls on existing highways should stop at once. First, reign in 407ETR & collect the $1 billion available there, then look for other ways to raise capital for badly needed infrastructure. Municipalities of the GTHA, first push for this… then hold your hand out.

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