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Building transit depends on rebuilding public trust, says John Tory

The biggest roadblock to public support for transit is voter distrust of politicians, says civic activist John Tory.

Tory, chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (CivicAction), told MPPs from all parties Monday that taxpayers simply believe governments of all stripes and at all levels will take money collected for transit and “piddle” it away on other things.

Right, now taxpayers are “terrified that that money is somehow going to end up in the same place that a lot of other money has ended up … which they will often call the black hole,” said Tory, who also hosts The Live Drive on Newstalk 1010.

CivicAction looks at the region’s social, economic and environmental challenges.

Tory said the non-partisan group is focused on “dedicated funding in a separate fund that is very transparent, that is governed in a way that the public can have confidence.”

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Richard J. Brennan

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Toronto Star