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Statement by CivicAction Chair Re: Ontario Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel

Toronto – September 18, 2013 – CivicAction Chair John Tory has made the following statement regarding the Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel announced today by the Premier of Ontario:

“We understand the intended role of Ontario’s Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel, and commend the Government on the selection of a very accomplished and diverse group of advisors, including Dr. Anne Golden as Chair. We are pleased to see four of CivicAction’s Regional Transportation Champions, including Anne Golden, represented on the panel.

What’s critical in our view is that this Panel meets a short-term reporting timetable, without deviation, so that its purpose is respected, and so the Province can get on with deciding on new sources of funding for a better regional transportation network – sources that meet the principles of CivicAction’s Your32 Pledge to Get a Move On: dedicated, efficient, transparent & accountable, regional, fair and sustainable.

While the panel will concern itself with finalizing recommendations to government on the means of paying for transportation, it is also essential that during the same time, the Premier, along with leaders of other provincial parties and of local government, including the Mayor of Toronto, work together to repair a transit decision-making process that is badly broken.

Members of the public are frustrated and fatigued with posturing, politicking, and polarization around the issue of regional transportation investment.

Residents have the right to expect collaborative, collective leadership on what should be done in the public interest and how to pay for it. The current process must be addressed in the coming weeks, as the continuation of the status quo is, in our view, unacceptable.

As we have declared to the Premier, the Minister of Transportation, and regional mayors and chairs leading up to today’s announcement, CivicAction will continue to engage residents and leaders across the region on the need for investment in transportation as a key driver of our future prosperity and opportunity in this region.

By signing CivicAction’s Pledge to Get A Move On at www.your32.com, one-third of all elected officials across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area from all levels of government (126) have to date committed to support new ways to raise funds that meet the terms of the pledge. We look forward to their being in a position to act on that commitment sooner rather than later.”

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About CivicAction’s Your32 campaign
CivicAction and its 55+ team of civic Champions and Regional Co-Captains have engaged more than one million residents in their campaign to build support for a better regional transportation system and the need for new sustainable ways to pay for it. For more information, visit www.your32.com.

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. CivicAction sets a non-partisan agenda, builds strategic partnerships with organizations, and launches campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. For more information, visit: www.ca.cmohr.ca, @CivicActionGTA

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