to Street Racing
June 14, 2006
Liberals Can't Shake
"Even the serious issue
of street racing and the resulting loss of life and life-threatening
injuries, could not overcome the Liberals' addiction to putting
partisan politics ahead of the public interest" said Oa k Ridges
MPP Frank Klees following the denial by the government benches of
his request for unanimous consent to accelerate passage of legislation
to shut down street racing.
Klees attempted to move the
unanimous consent motion in the legislature today in attempt to
have Bill 122, The Street Racing Bill, which would put
stringent measures in place to address the growing problem of street
racing, passed before the Legislature recesses for the summer.
First to voice his opposition
to the unanimous consent motion was David Caplan, the MPP for Don
Valley East and the Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewa l.
Other members on the Liberal benches were also heard to withhold
The Street Racing Bill empowers front
line police officers to issue on-the-spot licence suspensions and
to impound the vehicles of anyone suspected of engaging in street
racing. It provides for fines up to $2,000 a nd 6 month jail terms
for convictions, and bans nitrous oxide fuel systems that are connected
in any vehicle driven on a public road.
"It is not as though
this legislation is new to the House. It was developed by the Ministry
of Transportation and presented as a government Bill by the former
government as part of a comprehensive Road Safety Bill in 2003,"
said Klees." To deny this consent, shows tha t some members
of this legislature have a warped sense of why they are here. This
is about public safety, and the public interest. My advice to Mr.
Caplan and his Liberal colleagues who joined him in denying this
consent, is to revisit their responsibilities as legislators."
Klees referred to the Liberals' conduct
For more information:
Frank Klees, MPP