By Ted Mitchell
Published October 30, 2013
I need some help here. What is going on with Conservatives and subways?
I've always chalked up Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's opposition to the Scarborough LRT to his hating anything remotely associated with former Mayor David Miller, rather than a defensible economic argument for subways.
Subways are a big ticket project. Flashy, sexy, pricey, as big-L Liberal as anything you can imagine. Not great in terms of bang for the buck. Not at all, well, conservative.
But Rob Ford is probably not too concerned about hypocrisy, as countless juicy episodes in the media have shown.
Now Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader Tim Hudak has jumped on the bandwagon of subways in preference to LRT.
Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak is pledging to cut back the province's transit-building plans, and would cancel a raft of suburban LRTs in favour of extending Toronto's subway system.
He wants to build the downtown relief line - the TTC's priority project - extend the Bloor-Danforth subway in Scarborough and bring the Yonge line north to Richmond Hill.
Maybe he hates David Miller as much as Ford does.
What is the common factor that attracts two prominent Conservatives to an essentially Liberal project? Maybe it is the birthright of driving personal vehicles no matter what the consequences, aiming to bring down average vehicle occupancy from 1.2 to as close to 1 as humanly possible.
Or am I missing something?
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