21 January 2008

A McSlippery slope

From the people who brought you, -- "I won't cut your taxes... but I won't raise them either." --

The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario study, authored by Trent University professor Harry Kitchen, recommends the 400 series highways, the Queen Elizabeth Way, the Don Valley Parkway, the Gardiner Expressway and both the Red Hill Creek and Lincoln Alexander Parkways should have tolls applied.
Never happen... you say.

Oh yeah?
The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario is scheduled to meet with Transportation Minister Jim Bradley on Wednesday to discuss the issue.
Bend over Ontario... the Taxman cometh.



Raphael Alexander said...

Time to congest the sideroads...

Urban planning at it's most absolute incompetent.

Right from Hamilton said...

Bring on the tolls, Transit Users cover most of the cost of their trips so car drivers can start carrying some of their cost.

If you're not from Hamilton it might interest you to know that our 6% tax hike this year would be 3% if it wasn't for the Red Hill Parkway which helps people driving through Hamilton than the residents.

Neo Conservative said...

"Right from Hamilton said... Transit Users cover most of the cost of their trips"

ttc had an r/c of 74% but that's beside the point. what would happen if they boosted fares by 26% to make people pay actual costs? there would be a revolt and people would start driving more.

we love our cars.

it may eventually come to this... but toll roads will be political death for the party that brings it in.


Greg said...

Gasoline taxes already take in more than is used on road infrastructure. How many times over should drivers have to pay. If you eat, your food is being transported on the highway. Drivers are subsidising transit users food they eat through the gasoline tax they pay to provide nice highways for their food to be delivered on.

Greg said...

Further to my above post from the CAA website "With so much at stake, why are our roadways in such desperate shape? Motorists pay more than $5 billion a year at the pump in federal fuel and excise taxes. The federal government only reinvests approximately 2% of these ‘user fees’ in the infrastructure that Canada’s 21 million drivers require. Canadians motorists deserve better."