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Provincial Public Transit:Wynne calls on business to help support public transit

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks on transportation issues at the Toronto Region Board of Trade in Toronto on Monday. Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Business leaders must help shore up support for a contentious provincial plan to raise billions of dollars for public transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Monday.

People want to reduce congestion and get moving again, she said in a speech to the Toronto Region Board of Trade. But she needs help to “develop real momentum” for new investment in transit.

Measures like taxes or tolls to pay for transit are politically unpopular, which has stopped other governments from making those hard decisions, she acknowledged.

“Parties do polling, they don’t see easy answers. They don’t see easy wins,” she said.

“But you and I know that improving infrastructure … it’s not about scoring political points. This is not a partisan issue. It’s about ensuring Ontario’s success.” Continue reading