Tory promises to funnel all fuel tax to roadways

TORONTO — Road users may actually see most of their taxes spent on roads if the Ontario Conservatives are elected this fall.

Every penny of Ontario’s 14.7-cent a liter fuel tax would go toward funding roads and public transit if he is elected premier of Ontario, said Conservative leader John Tory.

Tory told a news conference that the province will collect about $3.1 billion this fiscal year from fuel taxes, but only $1.97 billion is earmarked for the Transportation Ministry.

Tory says that the current Liberals are using drivers’ tax dollars on other things other than transportation, such as advertising campaigns, and “other kinds of wasteful expenditures.”

Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield disputed Tory’s numbers. She said another page of the provincial budget shows the government is set to spend more than $2.7 billion on highway and transportation infrastructure.

Ontario generally puts back far more into roads and transit from fuel taxes than does Ottawa, which reportedly only spends about 4 percent of its gas tax share on the national highway system.

— with files from Canadian Press

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