The leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Patrick Brown says he does not support the proposed introduction of tolls on Toronto highways.
Speaking to John Oakley on Talk Radio AM640 Tuesday afternoon, Brown says he does not believe that Premier Kathleen Wynne should give the city of Toronto permission to place tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway.
Brown even went so far as to say that if he were to become Premier following the next provincial election in 2018, he would take measures to reverse any positive decision made regarding the implementation of tolls.
”Whether it’s now or a year and half from now, I am not going to support tolls on the DVP or the Gardiner” Brown told John Oakley, adding that ”even if Kathleen Wynne allowed John Tory to put tolls all over the Gardiner or the DVP, I would take this down.”
Mayor John Tory last week announced his intention to impose a $2 toll on the highways, saying that such a toll would raise about $200 million annually. The money raised would be placed in a separate fund, used only to pay for billions in unfunded transit and infrastructure projects.
Tory’s plan however, would require provincial approval.
The Liberals have yet to say definitively if they support the proposal. Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca spoke on the same day as Mayor Tory’s announcement and said that “once a plan comes to the province, the premier and our government will review it very carefully.”
Meanwhile, the Ontario PC Party has launched an anti-toll website, asking members of the public to sign a petition calling on the provincial government to say no to tolls in Toronto.
”John Tory can’t do it without Kathleen’s support” Brown says, ”the only person who can green-light this is Kathleen Wynne.”