Frank Klees

Press Release

Video of Question to the Premier on this issue available  

For Immediate Release

March 31, 2010

Klees Proposes Private Sector Financing for Infrastructure  

PC Transportation and Infrastructure Critic, MPP Frank Klees called on the Premier to mandate Metrolinx, the provincial agency responsible for implementing an integrated transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, to pursue private sector funding of transportation infrastructure projects rather than have them stall because of a lack of provincial funding.

“We all agree that the cost of gridlock to our economy is in the billions of dollars annually and that the impact on our environment, our health and our quality of life is a major concern,” said Klees.  "That's why we find it unconscionable that the McGuinty government would cut the budget for transportation infrastructure by $4 billion.  We can't afford to have critical transit projects stalled and lose even more time in the fight against gridlock".

Klees accused the government of misplaced priorities, noting that while on the one hand it's pouring $7 billion into Samsung, a South Korean company that's been given a sweetheart deal to build wind turbines, while cutting $4 billion from the Metrolinx budget.

"Rather than cut back on critical transportation infrastructure projects, the government should have cancelled its $7 billion backroom deal with Samsung," said Klees.  "But failing that, we should develop alternative financing arrangements in cooperation with the private sector to ensure that we don’t loose momentum on the planning and implementation of essential transportation infrastructure.”

 

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Frank Klees, MPP

416-509-8999

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