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Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne pledges to tackle GTA gridlock

Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne aims to improve relations with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at the same time as she braces to “spend political capital” on the potentially explosive issue of road tolls or congestion charges.

Asked specifically about fallout from putting tolls on existing roads such as the Gardiner Expressway, she replied firmly: “I’m not saying that … we won’t have to spend political capital to get a revenue stream in place — we absolutely will.

“But if people want to see new infrastructure, if they want to see the transit that we need in the GTHA (Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area) we are going to have to raise the revenue,” said Wynne.

“You’ve got all the city-builders and thinkers saying it. The people in CivicAction, the people at the Toronto Board of Trade — the Toronto Board of Trade has canvassed its members … and those are businesspeople,” she said.

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Robert Benzie

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The Toronto Star