CONTENTIOUS ROAD TOLL PLAN TO BE DEBATED TODAY AT TORONTO CITY COUNCIL

Dec 13, 2016

By Jane Brown

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Toronto’s Mayor says he’s confident he’ll get city council’s support to ask the province for the authority to implement tolls on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway.

John Tory’s proposal goes before city councillors today as they begin their final meeting of 2016. He won’t have the support of Georgio Mammoliti who stood on the Dufferin Street bridge over the Gardiner Expressway yesterday asking drivers to honk if they don’t want tolls.

“He’s going to be infamous in creating a whole slew of fees and taxes and people are going to revolt,” Mammoliti explained to reporters.

Mayor Tory stood at a podium on a snow covered hill with the elevated portion of the Gardiner as a backdrop. He explained that its time for some honesty and time to get on with building.

“The plan is bold because it is honest,” Tory insisted, “The transit we need isn’t free, never has been and never will be.”

Tory continues to brush off a call by Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown for the governing Liberals to reject tolls. Premier Kathleen Wynne has suggested she won’t block the controversial plan.

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