TODOROVA: Ford must tackle the expansion of the transport network

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While politics during the summer is usually limited to barbecues and community festivals, this year is a bit different as the 43rd Parliament at Queen’s Park began on Monday.

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The rare summer session provides an opportunity not only to pass this year’s budget, as has been widely reported, but also to act on the government’s mandate to build.

Accelerating the expansion of the GTA’s transportation network must be a top priority, after June’s provincial election saw Premier Doug Ford’s PCs win a larger majority in the Legislative Assembly.

The premier has campaigned intensively on the theme of « do it », and the regions of the province where the highway. 413 and the Bradford Bypass are proposed, all sent PC MPs to Queen’s Park.

Anti-development advocates appear undeterred by the strong support shown in public polls for both projects, nor do they respect the choice Ontarians made in the election. Opponents of the freeway. 413 have stepped up their marketing of untruths, while publicly calling on the federal government to interfere in the construction of a provincial highway.

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Whether it’s traffic jams on our highways, inadequate public transit infrastructure in our cities, or limited supply fueling the housing crisis, people across Ontario are bearing the costs of these delays. , both for the economy and for our quality of life. We cannot afford to extend the years of delay and inaction that plagued previous governments at Queen’s Park.

More importantly, following through on these commitments lays the foundation to meet the demands of a growing province, while modernizing Ontario’s transportation network, which includes both roads and public transit.

While the best modern engineering technologies and practices will design and deliver the literal plan of these new highways, Ford must make it clear that the people of Ontario have spoken: new transportation infrastructure, both highways and transportation in common, are essential to solving the chronic problems in the most populous region of the province.

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In an advanced industrial economy like Ontario’s, the regulatory framework and technical capabilities exist to enable development while protecting the environment. That’s why the call for the federal government to try to make more dithering and delays worse is nothing more than a recipe for increasing congestion and reducing productivity.

Today, congestion is already costing the GTA economy $11 billion a year, and that’s without taking into account historical inflation.

With labor and input costs all rising, the cost of not building new transportation will only increase. Critics are carelessly naïve to believe that our planet will be in jeopardy if the expansion of the GTA’s transportation network continues.

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On the contrary, the development of Transport Minister Caroline Mulroney’s plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe will allow for greater densification of the region, reduce congestion and improve mobility, while bringing more cutting-edge technologies to market. , including infrastructure to enable greater adoption of EVs.

The extraordinary summer sessions at Queen’s Park are an acknowledgment by the Ford government of the need to act.

The opportunity must be seized to make meaningful progress in addressing Ontario’s long-standing challenges in a way that will improve the lives of the people of this province.

The government will find citizens and industrialists ready to work with them. Let’s do it.

— Nadia Todorova is the Executive Director of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario, rccao.co

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