Andrea and Kathleen are stealing all the pre-election thunder.
Sound bytes and headlines feature the ladies, or less often, MPP Frank Klees, speaking for the Conservatives.
Where is Mr. Tim Hudak?
The transportation woes of Toronto and Hamilton are at issue and may, and certainly should, bring the people of Ontario to the polls.
How we can share the $50 billion cost is the issue. And we will all share it.
The proposed transportation funding formula suggests an increase to the HST, an increase to gas taxes and a few other additional costs, some of which are supposed to accrue only to people in the corridor linking the two major cities.
The HST affects us all and the feds may have something to say about whether or not it will increase.
The bottom line is that experts tell us we will pay more to this fund than outlying municipalities will recoup in subsidies for their own transportation needs.
Reality is that most communities are taking cialis online from canada stock of their own problems.
Niagara has some dreadful roads, a need for at least one more major corridor, a fledgling inter-city bus service and less than ideal local bus service, especially to serve shift workers and those who must be on the streets at night.
And we are still awaiting GO train service on a regular basis.
Toronto is waiting for light rail and subway service, a step way up from our dreams.
And it is needed if Toronto is to keep pace with other major cities and attempt to grow jobs.
There were the good years, when the economy flourished and strangely nothing was done about conditions anyone could see might be insufficient.
Today, the economy is striving to stretch and jobs are particularly scarce for some segments of society. So, we think now is the time to build?
We can’t do a thing about the past. We have to pay for the gas plants, eHealth and Ornge. We can’t do much about the Ford dilemma at Toronto city hall. But we can vote.
We need a lot of things in Niagara – a hospital, nursing home beds, improved home care, funding for research and development, help for universities and colleges to allow them to shape up to keep up.
The profile is higher for Toronto and its transportation concerns.
That is our reality.
There is talk of a dedicated trust fund to collect the money for the transportation projects.
Who will oversee the fund? Whom do we trust?
We look a lot like Diogenese, the ancient Greek philosopher and cynic, who spent a lifetime looking for an honest man.
He had a lantern. We seem to be in the dark.
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