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Politicians urged to tackle traffic woes

Toronto – April 29, 2014 – On the eve of a new provincial budget, a majority of residents in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) say they are more likely to vote for politicians who support new, dedicated dollars to get us moving. That’s the message CivicAction and a coalition of nearly two dozen business, labour, health, community, and environmental groups are delivering to Ontario MPPs and party leaders.

The group points to the results of an April Angus Reid Forum poll* showing that 87% of GTHA residents want to see transportation as a regional spending priority, and 83% said they would more likely support new taxes or fees if they were put into a dedicated fund for transportation.

Half of the GTHA’s elected officials – including more than 50% of MPPs across the three major political parties – have signed CivicAction’s “Get a Move On” pledge that calls for dedicated, efficient, and sustainable investment in our regional transportation priorities. They have been joined by thousands of GTHA residents. **See the full list below of politicians who have signed the CivicAction pledge.

CivicAction and its partners are looking to all of Ontario’s party leaders to be clear on how they will invest in the next wave of transportation improvements for the region – both in the spring budget and in their party platforms.


“We cannot pass the buck for our aging infrastructure to the next generation,” says Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction. “The need is there, the support is there, and it’s time for our provincial politicians to take the wheel to fund a better transportation network.”

“Our members throughout the region recognize that transportation has to be a priority for investment,” said Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Congestion is a big drag on our region’s competitiveness”.

“We need to invest in transit options that move people from point A to B, faster and in ways that reduce stress on the commuter and the amount of toxic pollutants in the air,” says Doris Grinspun, Chief Executive Officer of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), adding “lower emissions and shorter commute times are vital to the health of our region and our residents.”

Quick Facts:

  • 87% of residents agree public transit should be a regional spending priority
  • 60% of respondents said they would support an increase in taxes and fees to improve transportation infrastructure.
  • 83% of residents would be more likely to support new revenue sources if they were put into a dedicated fund for transportation
  • 59% of residents said they would more likely support a political leader who proposed funding ideas to directly support transportation improvements in their community
  • 189 GTHA politicians from all major parties have signed CivicAction’s Your32 pledge to support new ways to fund a better transportation network

*Survey conducted from April 4-7, 2014 with 1042 GTHA-resident members of the Angus Reid Forum. For more information go to

21 organizations supporting today’s call for action: 

Asthma Society of Canada, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Canadian Environmental Law Association, Clean Air Partnership, CodeRedTO, Cycle Toronto, David Suzuki Foundation, Environmental Defence, Evergreen CityWorks, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, The Pembina Institute, Pollution Probe, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Toronto & York Region Labour Council, Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Toronto Public Health, Transport Action Ontario, TTCriders.

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About CivicAction’s Your32 campaign – CivicAction and its 50+ team of civic Champions and Regional Co-Captains have built support for a better regional transportation system and new sustainable ways to pay for it. For more information, visit

About CivicAction

For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (CivicAction) has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of our region’s toughest social, economic, and environmental challenges. For more information, visit:, @CivicActionGTA

About Move the GTHA

Move the GTHA is a group of organizations working together to build awareness and engagement in support of investment in our region’s transportation system. The group represents a diversity of constituents and perspectives – health, labour, business, policy, environment, and citizen advocacy. Specifically, Move the GTHA is advocating for long-term dedicated funding for an efficient, accessible, affordable, and fully integrated regional transportation system, with an accountable and an effective regional governance system.

189 Elected Officials who have signed CivicAction’s Your32 Pledge to Get a Move On

(as of April 29, 2014):

Halton Region
Rick Goldring, Mayor, Burlington
Blair Lancaster, Councillor (Ward 6), Burlington
Jack Dennison, Councillor (Ward 4), Burlington
Marianne Meed Ward, Councillor (Ward 2), Burlington
Rick Bonnette, Mayor, Halton Hills
Ann Lawlor, Councillor (Ward 4), Halton Hills
Clark A. Somerville, Regional Councillor (Ward 1&2), Halton Hills
Jane Fogal, Regional Councillor (Ward 3&4), Halton Hills
Gordon Krantz, Mayor and Regional Councillor, Milton
Arnold Huffman, Local Councillor (Ward 5), Milton
Brian Penman, Local and Regional Councillor (Ward 1,6,7,8), Milton
Greg Nelson, Local Councillor (Ward 2), Milton
Mike Cluett, Local Councillor (Ward 6), Milton
Rick DiLorenzo, Local Councillor (Ward 7), Milton
Rick Malboeuf, Local Councillor (Ward 4), Milton
Sharon Barkley, Local Councillor (Ward 1), Milton
Zeeshan Hamid, Local Councillor (Ward 8), Milton
Rob Burton, Mayor, Oakville
Alan Johnston, Regional Councillor (Ward 1), Oakville
Allan Elgar, Regional Councillor (Ward 4), Oakville
Dave Gittings, Town Councillor (Ward 3), Oakville
Jeff Knoll, Regional Councillor (Ward 5), Oakville
Marc Grant, Town Councillor (Ward 5), Oakville
Pam Damoff, Town Councillor (Ward 2), Oakville
Ralph Robinson, Town Councillor (Ward 1), Oakville
Tom Adams, Regional Councillor (Ward 6), Oakville
Kevin Daniel Flynn, MPP, Oakville

Brian McHattie, Councillor (Ward 1), Hamilton
Monique Taylor, MPP, Hamilton Mountain
Paul Miller, MPP, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek
Chris Charlton, MP, Hamilton Mountain
David Christopherson, MP, Hamilton Centre
Wayne Martson, MP, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek

Region of Durham
Steve Parish, Mayor, Ajax
Colleen Jordan, Regional Councillor (Ward 3-4), Ajax
Joanne Dies, Councillor (Ward 3), Ajax
Marilyn Crawford, Councillor (Ward 1), Ajax
Pat Brown, Councillor (Ward 4), Ajax
Renrick Ashby, Councillor (Ward 2), Ajax
Shaun Collier, Regional Councillor (Ward 1-2), Ajax
Wendy Partner, Councillor (Ward 4), Clarington
Doug  Sanders, City Councillor , Oshawa
David Pickles, Councillor (Ward 3), Pickering
Doug Dickerson, Councillor (Ward 2), Pickering
Peter Rodrigues, Councillor (Ward 3), Pickering
Beverly Northeast, Councillor (Ward 1), Uxbridge
Don Mitchell, Regional Councillor, Whitby
Elizabeth Roy, Councillor (Ward 2), Whitby
Lorne Coe, Deputy Mayor & Regional Councillor, Whitby
Joe Dickson, MPP, Ajax-Pickering

Region of Peel
Emil Kolb, Chair,
Elaine Moore, Regional Councillor (Ward 1&5), Brampton
Gael Miles, Regional Councillor (Ward 7&8), Brampton
John Hutton, City Councillor (Ward 2&6), Brampton
John Sanderson, Regional Councillor (Ward 3&4), Brampton
John Sprovieri, Regional Councillor (Ward 9&10), Brampton
Paul Palleschi, Regional Councillor (Ward 2&6), Brampton
Marolyn Morrison, Mayor, Caledon
Allan Thompson, Regional Councillor (Ward 2), Caledon
Doug Beffort, Councillor (Ward 1), Caledon
Gord McClure, Councillor (Ward 2), Caledon
Patti Foley, Regional Councillor (Ward 5), Caledon
Richard Paterak, Regional Councillor (Ward 1), Caledon
Richard Whitehead, Regional Councillor (Ward 3&4), Caledon
Hazel McCallion, Mayor, Mississauga
Bonnie Crombie, Councillor (Ward 5), Mississauga
Chris Fonseca, Councillor (Ward 3), Mississauga
Frank Dale, Councillor (Ward 4), Mississauga
George Carlson, Councillor (Ward 11), Mississauga
Katie Mahoney, Councillor (Ward 8), Mississauga
Nando Iannicca, Councillor (Ward 7), Mississauga
Pat Saito, Councillor (Ward 9), Mississauga
Patricia Mullin, Councillor (Ward 2), Mississauga
Ron Starr, Councillor (Ward 6), Mississauga
Hon. Charles Sousa, MPP, Mississauga South
Jagmeet Singh, MPP, Bramalea-Gore-Malton
Vic Dhillon, MPP, Brampton West

Adam Vaughan, Councillor (Ward 20), Trinity-Spadina
Ana Bailao, Councillor (Ward 18), Davenport
Chin Lee, Councillor (Ward 41), Scarborough-Rouge River
Frances Nunziata, Councillor (Ward 11), York South-Weston
Gary Crawford, Councillor (Ward 36), Scarborough Southwest
Glenn De Baeremaeker, Councillor (Ward 38), Scarborough Centre
James Pasternak, Councillor (Ward 10), York Centre
Janet Davis, Councillor (Ward 31), Beaches-East York
Jaye Robinson, Councillor (Ward 25), Don Valley West
Joe Mihevc, Councillor (Ward 21), St. Paul’s
John Filion, Councillor (Ward 23), Willowdale
John Parker, Councillor (Ward 26), Don Valley West
Josh Colle, Councillor (Ward 15), Eglinton-Lawrence
Josh Matlow, Councillor (Ward 22), St. Paul’s
Karen Stintz, Councillor (Ward 16), Eglinton-Lawrence
Kristyn Wong-Tam, Councillor (Ward 27), Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Maria Aguimeri, Councillor (Ward 9), York Centre
Mark Grimes, Councillor (Ward 6), Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Mary Fragedakis, Councillor (Ward 29), Toronto-Danforth
Mary-Margaret McMahon, Councillor (Ward 32), Beaches-East York
Michael Thompson, Councillor (Ward 37), Scarborough Centre
Mike Layton, Councillor (Ward 19), Trinity-Spadina
Pam McConnell, Councillor (Ward 28), Toronto Centre-Rosedale
Paul Ainslie, Councillor (Ward 43), Scarborough East
Paula Fletcher, Councillor (Ward 30), Toronto-Danforth
Peter Milczyn, Councillor (Ward 5), Etobicoke-Lakeshore
Raymond Cho, Councillor (Ward 42), Scarborough-Rouge River
Sarah Doucette, Councillor (Ward 13), Parkdale-High Park
Shelley Carroll, Councillor (Ward 33), Don Valley East
Bas Balkissoon, MPP, Scarborough-Rouge River
Cheri DiNovo, MPP, Parkdale-High Park
David Zimmer, MPP, Willowdale
Donna H. Cansfield, MPP, Etobicoke-Centre
Hon. Eric Hoskins, MPP, St. Paul’s
Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure, MPP, Toronto Centre
Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier, MPP, Don Valley West
Jonah Schein, GTA Issues Critic, MPP, Davenport
Laura Albanese, MPP, York South-Weston
Lorenzo Berardinetti, MPP, Scarborough Southwest
Mario Sergio, MPP, York West
Michael Coteau, MPP, Don Valley East
Michael Prue, Finance Critic, MPP, Beaches-East York
Mike Colle, MPP, Eglinton-Lawrence
Mitzie Hunter, MPP, Scarborough-Guildwood
Monte Kwinter, MPP, York Centre
Peter Tabuns, MPP, Toronto-Danforth
Rosario Marchese, Urban Transportation Critic, MPP, Trinity-Spadina
Soo Wong, MPP, Scarborough-Agincourt
Tracy MacCharles, MPP, Pickering-Scarborough East
Andrew Cash, MP, Davenport
Chungsen Leung, MP, Willowdale
Craig Scott, MP, Toronto-Danforth
Dan Harris, MP, Scarborough Southwest
Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP, St. Paul’s
Hon. John McKay, MP, Scarborough-Guildwood
Hon. Judy Sgro, MP, York West
Kirsty Duncan, MP, Etobicoke-North
Mark Adler, MP, York Centre
Matthew Kellway, MP, Beaches-East York
Mike Sullivan, MP, York South-Weston
Peggy Nash, MP, Parkdale-High Park
Rathika Sitsabaiesan, MP, Scarborough-Rouge River

York Region
Bill Fisch, Chair, York Region
Geoffrey Dawe, Mayor, Aurora
Chris Ballard, Councillor, Aurora
John Abel, Councillor, Aurora
Paul Pirri, Councillor, Aurora
Virginia Hackson, Mayor, East Gwillimbury
Robert Grossi, Mayor, Georgina
Danny Wheeler, Deputy Mayor/Regional Councillor, Georgina
Ken Hackenbrook, Councillor (Ward 4), Georgina
Steve Pellegrini, Mayor, King
Cleve Mortelliti, Councillor (Ward 1), King
Debbie Schaefer, Councillor (Ward 5), King
Linda Pabst, Councillor (Ward 3), King
Frank Scarpitti, Mayor (Ward 1-8), Markham
Alan Ho, Councillor (Ward 6), Markham
Alex Chiu, Councillor (Ward 8), Markham
Carolina Moretti, Councillor (Ward 4), Markham
Colin Campbell, Councillor (Ward 5), Markham
Don Hamilton, Councillor (Ward 3), Markham
Gordon Landon, Regional Councillor (Ward 1-8), Markham
Howard Shore, Councillor (Ward 2), Markham
Jack Heath, Deputy Mayor (Ward 1-8), Markham
Jim Jones, Regional Councillor (Ward 1-8), Markham
Joe Li, Regional Councillor (Ward 1-8), Markham
Logan Kanapathi, Councillor (Ward 7), Markham
Valerie Burke, Councillor (Ward 1), Markham
Tony Van Bynen, Mayor, Newmarket
John Taylor, Regional Councillor, Newmarket
Dave Barrow, Mayor, Richmond Hill
Brenda Hogg, Regional and Local Councillor (Ward 1-6), Richmond Hill
Castro Liu, Councillor (Ward 3), Richmond Hill
Godwin Chan, Councillor (Ward 6), Richmond Hill
Lynn Foster, Councillor (Ward 4), Richmond Hill
Nick Papa, Councillor (Ward 5), Richmond Hill
Vito Spatafora, Regional and Local Councillor (Ward 1-6), Richmond Hill
Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor, Vaughan
Alan Shefman, Councillor (Ward 5), Vaughan
Deb Schulte, Regional Councillor, Vaughan
Marilyn Iafrate, Councillor (Ward 1), Vaughan
Michael Di Biase, Regional Councillor, Vaughan
Rosanna DeFrancesca, Councillor (Ward 3), Vaughan
Sandra Yeung Racco, Councillor (Ward 4), Vaughan
Tony Carella, Councillor (Ward 2), Vaughan
Wayne Emmerson, Mayor, Whitchurch-Stouffville
Ken Ferdinands, Councillor (Ward 1), Whitchurch-Stouffville
Frank Klees, Public Infrastructure Renewal  Critic, MPP, Newmarket-Aurora
Helena Jaczek, MPP, Oak Ridges-Markham
Hon Michael Chan, MPP, Markham-Unionville
Reza Moridi, MPP, Richmond Hill
Hon. John McCallum, MP, Markham-Unionville