Minister hold Metrolinx accountable! $40 million on new opulent office suites at Union Station!
Question Period Feb 20 2014
Presto fare card
Media Advisory : Letter to the Hon Glen Murray Minister of Transportation January 17, 2014 more
Casino in Markham or Vaughan? October 24, 2013 Quote by Gila Martow in Shalom Toronto full article Here
“My opinion is that York Region is not the place for a casino. If there’s to be an expansion of a casino operation, the most logical place in the Greater Toronto Area is Woodbine. There is already a casino there, there’s a racetrack there, there’s plenty of land,it’s located in a place that is easily accessible by transit, by highway, and there is no challenge to the quality of life for the people around there. That is the most logical decision that anyone could make for expansion of casinos.” Frank Klees MPP Newmarket–Aurora.
Oct 23 2013 A $770 million contract signed off on by Kathleen Wynne when she was Transportation Minister in 2010 is racking up millions in penalties revealed PC Infrastructure Critic Frank Klees. See press release
Questionable if not Fraudulent Oct 2 2013 video
Who at GO Transit was complicit with this scheme to use taxpayer infrastructure dollars to CN to fund its over-expenditures from GO Transit?
The plan included measures such as using partially worn tie plates and padding invoices. In the end, the email reads “Total exposure: Reduced from $385 to $78k.” Complete Hansard record
WORLD CLASS CITIES BUILD SUBWAYS
To recognize that the government promised to fund $1.8 billion for subway expansion in Scarborough, only to go back on their commitment with less money and fewer stops, and are now only putting forward $1.4 billion.
And that the Legislative Assembly calls upon the Liberal government to live by the promises made during the last by-election, and build a world-class transportation system that includes a Scarborough subway from Kennedy station to Sheppard Avenue and that it be implemented in collaboration with city council and Metrolinx. Vote: Ayes 41 Nays 43
September 18, 2013 Klees to Premier on Subway Plans for Scarborough
September 19, 2013 Klees to Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure on Infrastructure Funding
Metrolinx’s Transit Funding Plan
It took five years for Metrolinx to deliver a funding proposal for its transit plan. The best they could do is to come up with a proposal to add $2 billion in taxes onto the backs of Ontario taxpayers. We reject that proposal. Ontario families and businesses reject that proposal. Even the New Democrats reject that proposal. The Premiers tells us she wants to have a conversation about adding $2 billion of taxes to Ontario families and businesses.
Here is our proposal: While the Premier is having her conversation, will she agree to a select committee of this Legislature that has a mandate to find $2 billion of savings out of the waste and inefficiency that is rampant throughout this government?…
May 30, 2013
Klees wants to help the government find money to avoid new taxes to fund Metrolinx’ transit and transportation plans WatchVideo
May 29, 2013
Look at government waste to find the savings for metrolinx plans
The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles announced on Thursday, that they would not force Canadians to get special International Driver Permits to operate a vehicle in that state.
…February 14, 2013.
Same Cast is Back at it – Only This Time Its Called Presto
December 13, 2012
Auditor General Report 2012 Click Here (Page 215)
Auditor General confirms warnings about PRESTO. Another multi-million dollar scandal in the making
More than $700 million in development costs for PRESTO and still can’t meet specs
Taxpayers fund $700 million fare card technology through PRESTO. Private company benefits
TTC coerced to use PRESTO or lose gas tax revenues
PRESTO! Frankly Speaking Article December 4, 2012
Press Conference Nov 30, 2012 Statement
Presto ! Province announces its next scandal Nov 28, 2012
Another Scandal Brewing – Presto Feb 14, 2012
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York Region Transit Strike Update Nov 25, 2011
Frankly Speaking: Transit Stike
PC York Region MPPs Introduce Back To Work Legislation To
End Transit Strike Nov 24 2011
PC MPPs Demand back to work Legislation to End York Region Transit Strike Nov 10 2011
MPP Klees calls for Open & Fair Tendering Process for the Pan Am and Velodrom Stadiums May 16, 2011 video
MPP Klees Renews Call for More Frequent GO Train Service
May 11, 2011
HIGHWAY 407 East Extention
Why did the McGuinty government break its agreement with the federal government to complete Highway 407 by 2013?
Feb 24, 2011 video
Untendered Contracts on Fast Track Feb 23, 2011
PC Transportation and Infrastructure Critic Frank Klees called on the government to stop a multi-million dollar contract in its tracks and put the contract out for competitive bids. Details
Auditor General Exposes Millions in Infrastructure Waste
November 4, 2010
Klees Fights for Ontario Small Businesses
September 29, 2010 video
Take the Politics out of Transportation and Infrastructure
Transport Futures 2010 Summit Speech
Stop Flea Market Driver’s Licences
Klees: restrict Drive Test Centres to administer tests to applicants who live within a defined geographic area of that testing centre April 15, 2010
Klees Proposes Private Sector Financing for Infrastructure
March 31, 2010
GO Transit Bus Service Update
YRT/Viva and GO Transit offer new options for customers
Transportation Minister Ignores Safety Warning:
Refuses to Order Independant Study Dec 9, 2009
OECD Conclusions Predictable: press release
KLEES: TIME TO END DriveTest STRIKE Press release
MTO Mismanagement Threatens Road Safety, Contributes to Gridlock
… The gross mismanagement of 401 service centres can only be described as incompetence at its worst…October 26, 2009
UNINSURED DRIVERS TARGETED BY PC TRANSPORTATION CRITIC
Klees tabled a resolution in the legislature that calls on government to implement an information technology system that will allow licensing agencies and front-line police to determine whether an auto insurance policy is valid.
Nov 27 2008 Bill 118 Distracted Driving Ontario Hansard of Debate 118 Distracted Driving
Frank Klees, MPP: . . . “If this government passes this legislation without the penalty of demerit points in addition to the fines, then I would submit that many will consider those fines simply a cost of doing business. Another $50, if you happen to get caught, is not a big issue for many people.
I believe that if the government is serious about wanting to change behaviour on the part of drivers in this province through this legislation, then there should also be the consequence of demerit points, because that is where drivers will in fact begin to give a second thought to using a hand-held device that will result in driver distraction. If there is no demerit point assessment in this legislation, Ontario will be the only jurisdiction, not only in Canada but in the United States and in other parts of the world, that does not have a demerit point consequence to a conviction. I would suggest that if in fact that’s the case, then what we have here yet one more time on the part of this government is an ability to present the perception that they’re serious about changing behaviour of drivers with regard to distraction, but not really willing to go the distance in terms of putting the substantive provisions into legislation that would actually make a difference at the end of the day.”
You may download a copy of petition for signing here. October 15, 2008
NO YOUNG CHILDREN AS MOTOCYCLE PASSENGERS
Article in the Era Banner November 27, 2008 click here
September 30, 2008
Safety on Ontario Roads
…suspended driver on the road, despite being convicted of killing a pedestrian and serving a 10-year court-ordered driving ban. …
“The Ministry has had three years since the Auditor General’s report to work on his recommendations. When people’s lives are at stake, every second counts,” said Klees. “What assurances will Minister Jim Bradley give Ontarians that his Ministry is making their safety a priority?”
Province slow to embrace electric cars by Sean Pearce
Newmarket and Aurora MPP and PC transportation critic, Frank Klees said all of the so-called safety issues around LSVs are nothing but excuses and an example of “decision gridlock”.
The government owes it to Ontarians to provide alternatives amid soaring gas prices and to do so quickly, Mr. Klees added.
“I’ve been calling on the ministry to approve of these vehicles for the last year and a half given the challenges with rising gasoline costs and I’m disappointed that once again all we have is yet another study,” he said. “Surely we can rely on the studies performed two other provinces and move on with the approval process, but they’re taking any steps they can to delay this and I just don’t see any point to it; we should just get on with it.”
Opposition demands investigation of OLG after retailer wins 160 prizes
Article in the Canadian Press by Keith Leslie quotes Frank Klees
Someone inside the corporation “is either incompetent and has no sense of what can be done to prevent these things, or is turning a blind eye,” said Conservative critic Frank Klees.
“We have things going on in the lottery system and in our casinos that are blatant to everyone except the people who have responsibility to oversee it. Something is fundamentally wrong.”
McGuinty Government Admits to Gambling Addiction
Klees points out that at a time when there are serious questions about alleged illegal activities at Ontario’s casinos, the last thing the government should be considering is expanding their reach to add sports betting to its casinos.
April 16, 2008
McGunity Liberal Policies Starving York Region Infrastructure: Klees
Klees cited the abandoned Bradford Bypass and Highway 404 Extension as examples of the McGuinty Liberals’ lack of sound, long-term planning.
April 16, 2008
KLEES: Top Marks for Aurora !
The former Minister of Transportation acknowledged Aurora’s seatbelt compliance rate of 98% as the highest among all York Region municipalities as reported by York Region Police.
Klees: Stop Government Collecting Personal Medical Information!
Klees asks Minister of Transportation to refer the matter to the Privcacy Commission
as regulations were never intended to apply to individuals who do not have a driver’s licence….
February 25, 2008
KLEES: Ontario Municipalities Deserve Better in the Long Term
PC Transportation and Public Infrastructure Renewal Critic Frank Klees, MPP for Newmarket-Aurora today said that Dalton McGuinty has once again demonstrated that he doesn’t understand the long term needs of Ontario municipalities.”… Klees said that municipalities “need a long term plan and a commitment to multiple year funding for municipal infrastructure.”
Lack of Enforcement and Highway Conditions Cited as Main Threats to Road Safety
Klees said: auto crashes occur too often on Ontario’s highways and the McGuinty Liberals must move quickly and decisively before more innocent lives are lost.
Take the politics out of transportation and infrastructure planning
Klees reponds to Dr. Richard Soberman’s report on public transit….
January 21, 2008
No New Taxes on Ontario Drivers and Communters
Frank Klees, Transportation Critic, responds to: “Financing Public Transit and Transportation in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton: Future Initiatives” commissioned by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario.