The union representing TTC employees is launching a media campaign that aims to make an election issue out of the Ontario Government's plans to privatize new public transit projects in Toronto.
Bob Kinnear, president of Local 113 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, says the Metrolinx request for proposals to finance, build, and maintain the Eglinton Crosstown LRT from Weston Road to Kennedy is "an historic mistake."
He says the evidence "from around the world" shows "this model of infrastructure improvement simply does not work."
Kinnear says this campaign is not about protecting jobs because workers will be needed to operate the new line in any case.
He contends "it's about protecting taxpayers and riders, who will inevitably pay more and eventually suffer service cuts in order to cover private corporate profits."