David Soknacki says he knows what the residents of Scarborough really need and it is not a subway. Rolling out details of his campaign Tuesday, Socknacki vowed to bring back the Light Rail Transit plan if he is elected mayor. However, Socknacki’s speech got off to a confusing start.
“A crucial part of the change Toronto needs is to make decisions based on evidence not on the facts.”said Soknacki at the opening of the conference which was held outside the Lawrence Rapid Transit station in Scarborough.
With Toronto city councilors Gloria Lindsay Luby and Paul Ainslie at his side, Soknacki said the Scarborough LRT plan would be more accessible, include more stops and would require no tax increase.
“Last October a slim majority on council, pressured by Mayor Ford, made a decision on transit in Scarborough that ran counter to Toronto’s tradition of sound decision making and gave into the politics of division and fear, plus ignored the facts. In leading the decision, Mayor Ford went back on his campaign promise not to raise taxes and told the people of Toronto that he wants them to pay for his subway extension with a billion dollar tax increase starting at .5% in 2014 and rising to 1.6% in three years.”
The former Toronto city councilor even slammed TTC Chair and fellow mayoral candidate Karen Stintz for reversing her position on the LRT and supporting the subway in Scarborough.
Socknacki says going back to the original LRT plan would mean faster and cheaper transit that would be ready to move passengers much sooner than a subway would.