By Nicholas Kevlahan
Published February 19, 2014
An article in yesterday's Spectator notes that the Ontario NDP has joined the Ontario PC party in opposing all revenue tools to fund the next phase of Metrolinx transit projects:
[Ontario NDP leader Andrea] Horwath sent [Ontario Premier Kathleen] Wynne a letter warning that she "will not support any new taxes, tolls or fees that hit middle-class families" in the minority Liberal government's budget.
When did the NDP morph into a "no tax is a good tax" party - and throw in tolls and fees for good measure?
Has anyone tried to explain to Horwath that taxes are redistributive and that if the NDP actually wants to help middle-class and poorer families, improved transit choices are one of the best ways?
The current system hurts the poorest Ontarians by forcing them to subsidize an automobile-based transportation network many can't even use.
Making transit a realistic option would allow families to save $10,000 per year if they can do without one of their cars - or $20,000 if they can go from two to zero cars. That is a huge benefit, especially to low-income families.
Someone on minimum wage makes less than $20,000 net per year, so a savings of $10,000 makes a huge difference in standard of living to a family with one or two minimum-wage earners.
When did the Ontario NDP stop understanding that taxes and fees pay for government services that disproportionately help the poor, and that keeping taxes and fees low at the expense of universal services is just an aid to the wealthy?
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