SULLIVAN, CHOW PUSH FOR BETTER TRANSIT
Torontonians deserve rapid, affordable transit, not Conservative inaction
TORONTO – York South--Weston MP Mike Sullivan, his Toronto colleague Olivia Chow and City
Councillor Joe Mihevc joined MPs across the country this morning to garner support for Chow’s
bill for a National Public Transit Strategy.
In Toronto especially, people are inadequately served by transit systems that leave them fed up
with congestion and long commute times. Chow’s bill, now in second reading, has been
endorsed by dozens of experts. And an NDP Twitter campaign is tapping into commuters’
frustration and inviting calls for federal action.
“The Conservatives are failing to provide Toronto with federal funding for public transit, even
though our city’s transit challenges are growing and commuters are frustrated,” said Chow
(Trinity-Spadina), who serves as the NDP Transport Critic.
“I know that commuters here want the government to address the needs of our community, to
ensure that we can have adequate, accessible and affordable public transit.”
To support this call, the NDP has created a social media campaign that asks commuters to share
their transit stories, using the hashtags #GoodTransit, #BadTransit and #UglyTransit.
Torontonians can post their comments and photos on Twitter of what works, what doesn’t and
what desperately needs improvement in their day-to-day use of Toronto public transport.
"Cities across Canada -- not only Toronto -- are looking for stronger federal support for transit
through dedicated funding and a long-term investment plan," emphasized Mihevc.
“Our community has been waiting for far too long for public transit,” added Sullivan. “We’ve had
enough of empty promises and delays. Together with the people of Toronto, we can take this
call into our own hands and demand that the Conservatives take transit seriously.”
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