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Press Releases 2008

 

For Immediate Release                                                                         January 29, 2008

Take the Politics Out of Transportation

and Infrastructure Planning

 

(Queen’s Park) Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees, the PC Opposition Critic for Transportation and Public Infrastructure Renewal, today responded to the conclusions of a report on public transit released at a Queen’s Park media conference by veteran transportation consultant Dr Richard Soberman. The report was commissioned by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO).

Soberman states in his report that recent transit plans from both the province and the city of Toronto for new subways and light-rail lines “are examples of top-down planning where elected officials dictate what their professional advisers will implement, a reversal of the usual approach.”

“Soberman raises concerns that the government cannot afford to dismiss. That the investment of billions of taxpayer’s dollars must be based on need and on the expertise of planning and transportation professionals is a principle that should guide all levels of government,” Klees said.

 “Investing in transportation and transit infrastructure should not be a political exercise, either at the municipal, provincial or federal level of government.  In fact, every effort should be made to take the politics out of the planning and prioritizing of these projects,” Klees said.

"The focus of the provincial government should be on ensuring that an objective process is in place to develop a comprehensive and long-term transportation infrastructure plan for the GTA that will survive the politics of all three levels of government," Klees said.

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References:

Frank Klees, MPP

Newmarket-Aurora

PC Transportation and                                                                                  

Public Infrastructure Renewal Critic

416 509 8999