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Toronto’s mayor doesn’t speak for the city on transit, says Metrolinx

City council, not Mayor Rob Ford will decide whether Toronto residents pay their fair share of a massive regional transit expansion expected to cost about $2 billion annually for the next 25 years.

That was the response among some city councillors and transit experts on Thursday to concerns raised by Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

He told the Star he feared 905-residents would be on the hook for more than their share of taxes and user fees because Ford refuses to talk about dedicated regional transit taxes.

John Tory, chair of CivicAction, a group of civic leaders pushing for dedicated transit taxes and tolls, downplayed Burton’s fears at a Toronto transit forum Thursday evening.

“Ford is one member of a 44-member council. The people in this case are ahead of their mayor,” the former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader said at the meeting, which included Burton, Mississauga councillor Bonnie Crombie and Oshawa Mayor John Henry.

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Tess Kalinowski

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