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For Immediate Release
April 16, 2008




Lack of long-term planning has left the growing region with severely clogged roads


(Queen’s Park) - Ontario Progressive Conservative Party MPP Frank Klees (Newmarket-Aurora) today blasted the McGuinty Liberals, saying their failure to implement long range planning has hurt Ontario’s economy and is causing serious infrastructure strain in York Region.

“Dalton McGuinty seems to favour the back of a napkin approach to planning,” said Klees. “Unfortunately, Ontarians are being left to pay the price. The residents of York Region are forced to deal with crumbling infrastructure and clogged roads as a result.”

Klees raised the issue as part of a debate on a motion proposed by the Progressive Conservative Caucus in the Legislature today. The motion says that the McGuinty Liberal government’s failure to develop and implement any long-term plan has hurt Ontario’s economy and has led the province to the brink of ‘have-not’ status. It says that as a result our ability to support services such as health and long-term care, the environment, infrastructure renewal, education, transportation, tourism development, energy supply, safe communities and agriculture have all been put in jeopardy.

Klees cited the abandoned Bradford Bypass and Highway 404 Extension as examples of the McGuinty Liberals’ lack of sound, long-term planning. He said that despite the fact that these projects had been prioritized by the previous PC government, the Liberals failed to include these two key projects in their plans.

“Ontario is on the wrong track under Dalton McGuinty,” said Klees. “His reactive governing is taking its toll on our province and York Region is rapidly losing ground. The McGuinty Liberal failure to act on the Bradford Bypass and Highway 404 Extension threatens both the economic viability of York Region, and the quality of life for its residents. They shouldn’t have to spend hours each day trapped in gridlock. The people of York Region deserve better.”


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