WATCH: NDP wants corporate taxes to pay for transit

Leader Andrea Horwath writes to premier to use "common sense" approach in transit funding

Andrea Horwath says she has a plan to reduce commute times by at least 30 minutes - and it goes hand-in-hand with transit funding.

The NDP leader has reached out to the premier, urging her to take a "common sense" approach when it comes to paying for transit expansion in the GTHA - and infrastructure projects all over the province.

Horwath wrote a letter to Kathleen Wynne outlining her priorities.

Standing with her Toronto-area MPPs by her side, Horwath says what she calls a modest corporate tax increase is one of the best ways to pay for transit expansion. She says that could be achieved by scaling back previously implemented corporate tax cuts.

The NDP leader also agrees the governments shares in GM should be sold, something the finance minister spoke of earlier this month.

Horwath says when the Financial Accountability Office is set up, she wants it to look at all transit funding tools.

As for what should be focused on, Horwath is looking to Toronto, underlining there should be a downtown relief subway line built as soon as possible.
She also wants electrification of the air-rail train link from Union Station to Pearson airport.

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  1. Jack posted on 04/23/2014 12:31 PM
    Meanwhile, rational human beings who work for a living want to see transit funded by the money that is currently being wasted paying the salaries of a public sector that is far larger than it needs to be and paid FAR more than it has any right to be.
    1. Frankie posted on 04/23/2014 12:50 PM
      @Jack You are so right! Unfortunately as the size of the civil service increases so do the voters that are motivated to want public waste and excess.

      Unchecked, this will eventually lead to the entire population working for the state.
  2. Ernie posted on 04/23/2014 01:44 PM
    So lets have only the businesses in Toronto pay for Toronto transit projects. That should drive up their cost structures enough to take all the jobs out of Toronto and move them to Cambridge.

    That in itself would solve the traffic problems into Toronto every day.. oh wait . then the traffic problems would go the other direction.

    The NDP would make Toronto a have-not city!

  3. Dean posted on 04/23/2014 01:57 PM
    The Liberal and NDP vision for Toronto is the same one that led Detroit to the miserable state it's in now: By making it easier for unions to get what they want and harder for job-creating companies to operate here, they're sending us into a flaming spiral straight into city-wide ruin.
    1. Mike posted on 04/23/2014 03:38 PM
      @Dean nice try!
      capitalism hard at work brought you the Detroit of today. a barren wasteland of misery brought to you by corporate/financial greed. out of hand crime and corruption, gun culture run amuck, inner city ghettos, no social systems, no future. the riches country on earth lets this happen to one of it's own cities. very sad!
      Unregulated banking systems that almost brought down the whole nation a few years ago, housing market collapse again by greed of some in the financial world.
      Canada is great that we have banking/financial regulations. what we need is always more oversight because the rich and greedy will ALWAYS screw over the poor
    2. don was right posted on 04/23/2014 08:39 PM
      @Mike No, It was teh UAW - the jobs not done until the jobs are gone. Ahles at CAW / unfor using teh same mantra.
  4. john posted on 04/23/2014 02:36 PM
    first lets start on getting our money back form the liberals stupid spending then we can talk about it .
    1. john's mom posted on 04/23/2014 07:42 PM
      @john That's it, John.
      I'm not paying for an English tutor for you any more.
      You just refuse to try using English.
  5. arthur posted on 04/23/2014 03:23 PM
    it's only a common sense approach that we all have to chip in and pay including the corporate sector. it can't be corporations being handed perks and loopholes like the conservatives want all the time. the NDP will get support for this
    1. Ernie posted on 04/23/2014 04:29 PM
      @arthur So what's wrong with the government taking some of the pain and reducing their costs?

      Horvath thinks that everyone else should be taking the pain. Its time for the government to take their own medicine.
  6. don was right posted on 04/23/2014 08:40 PM
    @arthur - so you are saying its time for a common sense revolution? I coudl not agree more. Harris is still alive - lets bring him back to drive those liberals out
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