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Ontario New Democrats devise blueprint for better city roads

TORONTO, Ont. -- The Ontario NDP party has unveiled a plan that, if adopted, would see more money for the province'...


TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario NDP party has unveiled a plan that, if adopted, would see more money for the province’s cities to spend on roads.

NDP leader, Howard Hampton, revealed the party’s blueprint at a Toronto news conference yesterday, declaring "It tries to address the reality that we have not been making the kinds of investments in our cityscapes that we should."

He admitted implementing the plan would cost about $1.3 billion a year.

Highlights of the discussion paper, entitled "A Brighter Idea for Ontario’s Cities," include the creation of an Ontario transportation fund. This would consist of two cents per litre of the province’s gasoline tax revenues and 40 per cent of it would go toward roads. The plan calls for the funding to be allocated to cities based on population.

Not everyone was as enthusiastic about the plan as Hampton, himself. Toronto Coun. Rob Ford, told media that "The NDP had their opportunity to implement their policies and they almost put our province into bankruptcy. It’s just more spend, spend, spend. It’s not realistic and not feasible."


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