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Scarborough’s Liberal MPPs Sell Out Their Constituents
TORONTO – Scarborough’s MPPs should hang their heads in shame.
In what was a shocking performance, one by one they stood up and sold out their constituents on subways.
PC leader Tim Hudak brought an Opposition Day motion to the Legislature Tuesday, calling on Dalton McGuinty to tell the TTC to build subways, not LRT, on the Eglinton Crosstown line that’s already under construction.
It was mind-bending debate.
First, the Tories don’t have any MPPs from Toronto.
It was odd to see folk from places like Brockville and Renfrew extolling the virtues of subways.
On the other side of that coin were Scarborough MPPs like Brad Duguid, Lorenzo Berardinetti and Bas Balkissoon, who squirmed as they justified telling their constituents that yes, subways are great. But no, we can’t afford them for you.
It was awkward for the Tories because Mike Harris’ government filled in subway lines that were under construction.
And it was embarrassing for the Liberals because they’ve funded a whopping $2.6 billion for a subway to former Finance Minister Greg Sorbara’s Vaughan riding.
Subways are good for Vaughan.
They’re bad for Scarborough.
Aparently, it’s all about the “will of council.”
Berardinetti said he supports subways.
“I also fundamentally believe that the will of democracy is that elected institutions must be respected.”
How democratic was that coup TTC Chair Karen Stintz pulled, when she overruled Mayor Rob Ford?
Voters in Scarborough elected Ford because they wanted subways.
Stintz has overturned that mandate by forcing her will on them. Scarborough can’t punish her for that because, unlike Ford, no one in Scarborough voted for her.
She represents one tiny fief across town – a part of town that already has subways.
She didn’t run across the city for mayor – as Ford did.
Yet Stintz arrogantly tells Scarborough they must give up two lanes of a major east-west artery for LRT.
That, apparently, is “democracy.”
It may be “respecting the will of council.” It isn’t respecting the will of Scarberians – and residents of other suburbs – who spoke with one voice in the last election.
They want subways.
Stinz has disenfranchised Scarborough.
Hudak made the point that if the province is wholly funding $8.4 billion in transit construction, then the province should call the shots.
That’s a fair point.
More important, though, was the shameless way Scarborough was sold out by their own politicians.
Quite apart from Berardinetti’s ridiculous tap dance, the rest of his Scarborough colleagues were no better.
While saying he personally supports subways, Duguid called the subway motion an “insult” to the people of Scarborough and Toronto.
“It arrogantly suggests that the wishes of the city of the Toronto and the people of Toronto simply don’t matter.”
Huh? What Stintz did was insult all those people who didn’t vote for her – which is the vast majority of people across the city.
Scarborough has been betrayed by weak politicians who won’t stand up for their constituents.
You want to know how to pay for subways?
Here’s one suggestion: Look what happened in Mississauga and Oakville, when the government planned unpopular gas-fired generating plants.
The uproar forced the government to back off those plants – even though they were almost built. The cost of scrapping them isn’t yet public, but estimates put it as high as $1 billion – each.
So, $2 billion buys two or three Liberal seats.
Think how much subway tunnel they could have bored with that money.
For $2.6 billion, Vaughan gets a subway.
For another another $2 billion, Oakville and Mississauga DON’T get generating plants.
Scarborough doesn’t get $2 billion. And it doesn’t get a subway.
Scarborough gets a cheap, Band-aid LRT rammed down its major arteries.
Time for Scarborough to wise up – and elect politicians with spines.
By Christina Blizzard ,QMI Agency
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Those downtown councilors are doing it to you again! They want to give you a trolley system on steroids! What will it do for you? It will slow your traffic to a stand still, block off many cross streets and be not nearly as efficient as a subway. It will also seriously harm your local merchants while it is being built. Just ask the merchants on St Claire Avenue! Many mainline reporters and columnist have said Ford’s concept is best but it is too bad that he proposed it. What the heck do they mean by that crack? Is it ideology run rampant? Those liberal and NDP downtown city councilors have spent all their energies fighting subways rather than pushing their federal and provincial counterparts to financially support The City of Toronto! Shame on them! Don’t they care about our great city? Why are they doing this?
We believe that time is crucial for the original three boroughs of Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke to have the same rapid transit systems as ratepayers in the core of the city. It appears that the core council members are ganging up against the there neighbors to the east, north and west to create an inferior transportation system to keep their taxes down. They still think of as those simple folk out in what used to be suburbia and that we should be satisfied with another Toonerville Trolley http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stqYQnONiSI like the LRT that Scarborough was stuck with the last time around!
Subways last for centuries! The Scarborough LRT will shortly be torn done, after only 25 years. All that money wasted shame on them!
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