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Dippers have a plan to fix northern transportation

Sunday, April 27, 2014   by: Staff



New Democrats commit to improving transportation in the North

TIMMINS – Yesterday in Timmins, NDP MPPs Gilles Bisson (Timmins-James Bay) and John Vanthof (Timiskaming-Cochrane) announced the New Democrat plan for improving transportation across the North by restoring ONTC passenger rail service, improving winter road maintenance, twinning Northern highways and creating new passing lanes.

“The Liberal decision to cancel the Northlander never made sense for Northerners who depend on this vital transportation link between our communities,” said Bisson. “The government talks a good talk about transit in Southern Ontario but only New Democrats have a plan to bring back passenger rail service to the North, make our winter roads safe and invest in Northern infrastructure.”

Bisson and Vanthof outlined NDP plans to twin Northern highways and create new passing lanes at a rate of at least 30 kilometres per year.

They noted that the government has let down Northerners when it comes to winter road maintenance with private snow removal contracts.

New Democrats vowed to make winter driving conditions safer by putting 200 new pieces of snow clearing equipment on Northern roads to bring the total number of snowploughs and spreaders to 1300, an increase of nearly 20 percent.

“Northerners want the Northlander back. New Democrats have heard that message loud and clear and we will deliver,” said Vanthof. “We’ve also heard in our communities, and through our Northern Road Report, that Northerners are fed up with unsafe winter driving conditions on our roads. That’s why we’re taking real steps to fix the problem by putting 200 new pieces of equipment on the job.”

Bisson and Vanthof said that New Democrats are putting Northerners first with real plans to improve transportation across the North.


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Sam C 4/27/2014 8:39:06 PM Report

Anybody can "have a plan." Can the NDP turn that plan into action? (Of course, first they have to get elected as the government.)

I'll give Bisson credit... aside from commenting on the Liberals cancelling the Northlander, this Media Release doesn't slag on the government, it outlines a plan of action.

If you want my vote, don't tell me how bad the other guys are, tell me what you will do for us.
Shortz 4/27/2014 8:48:02 PM Report

Not only tell us the plan, but commit to it, get elected, and then most of all, FOLLOW THROUGH WITH IT.

Oh, wait...this is government we're talking about, and it's close to election time....this process never happens like that... the last step is almost ALWAYS omitted.
B Boy 4/27/2014 8:49:26 PM Report

Funny how everyone has a plan before elections, but so little actually happens after the elections.
Mr. Poster 4/27/2014 9:04:30 PM Report

You can promise the moon when you know your party will never have a chance to deliver on those promises.
psjj 4/27/2014 9:09:05 PM Report

There's an old saying that for everything you gain you must give something up.
I like the ideas put forward but lets talk about how we the taxpayers will pay for it.
harry dick 4/27/2014 10:18:02 PM Report

I agree with PSJJ. How will the NDP pay for all this work? If they are going to raise our taxes significantly , then I do not like this action . We pay too many taxes right now , and the Liberals wanted to raise our taxes for their loss of $2,000,000,000 for cancelled gas plants and other things. I believe that money should come from McGinty's pension and from the MPP's pay . We ,as a people ,did not waste this money. If you screw up and lose the people's money , you should be responsible for re-paying the lost money. This should be standard practise for our officials.
Sam The Dog 4/28/2014 6:35:09 AM Report

@ Mr Poster, Exactly what I was thinking. It's easy to promise the moon when you know you will never get a chance to implement them.
Sam C 4/28/2014 8:49:15 AM Report

psjj... if WE want improved transportation and better roads, WE will have to pay for it. That's how it works. I have no problem with paying for these things, IF they get done.

It's paying taxes and seeing nothing happen that bothers me.
CHC 4/28/2014 8:59:12 AM Report

Sam C!
Thanks for speaking on behalf of the silent maority on both postings!
Gater 4/28/2014 1:37:06 PM Report

@ Sam C. Yes you nailed it.. I don't mine paying for the infra structure improvements as promised IF THEY ARE DONE as promised..
habsfan 4/30/2014 12:38:22 PM Report

If your going to twin the northern highways why would we need passing lanes
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