Government Bill to
Racing April 12, 2007
(Queen's Park) Oak Ridges
MPP Frank Klees welcomed the McGuinty government's announcement
today that it would be introducing legislation to get tough on street
Klees has been calling for
legislation to empower frontline police officers to issue on the
spot license suspensions and vehicle impoundment ever since constituents
Rob and Lisa Manchester were killed as the result of a street racing
incident in May of 2006.
"I welcome this announcement.
The only regret is that it has taken the government so long to get
around to taking action on this," said Klees, who attended the announcement
at the Safety Village in Whitchurch-Stouffville. The announcement
was made by Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minister of Transportation,
Donna Cansfield. Also in attendance were Chief Armand LaBarge and
members of the York Region Police Services.
In making the
announcement, Premier McGuinty acknowledged the efforts by Klees
on the street racing issue and his influence in shaping the government's
"I want to thank
Frank, and I want to acknowledge the leadership role he has assumed.
He has taken a keen and active interest in this, he has put forward
some very positive proposals," said Premier McGuinty. "I want you
to know, Frank, that you have had an influence for good on the policy
that we are announcing today, and I thank you for that."
Klees pointed out that the
Liberal government has failed to include an important prohibition
against nitrous oxide connections in vehicles driven on public streets
or highways and intends to propose an amendment to the bill prior
to final passage.
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Frank Klees, MPP