Ted Arnott, MPP
Wellington – Halton Hills
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2011
Under pressure, Liberals hit brakes on GTA West Corridor study
(Wellington-Halton Hills) – Facing widespread pressure from the people of Halton Hills and beyond,
the McGuinty Liberals have finally put the brakes on their GTA West Corridor study—a study that could see a new highway built through Halton Hills.
On August 2 , Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott called publicly for the suspension of the GTA
West Corridor study, pending a review by the next Minister of Transportation. He also raised the issue on many prior occasions to the Minister of Transportation and, on June 23 , he attended a
community-organized public meeting at the Glencairn Golf Club.
“I want to congratulate the Mayor and Town Council for helping us to get the McGuinty government
to listen,” said Mr. Arnott. “The Region of Halton also took a strong stand on this issue.”
Mr. Arnott also commended the Independent & Free Press and the New Tanner for their thorough
coverage of the government’s transportation study.
“I’ve always believed that you can get more done in politics if, when something good happens,
you’re prepared to share the credit,” said Mr. Arnott. He further congratulated Halton Hills resident
Wendy Bruchal for her leadership in the grassroots campaign against ‘Alternative 4-3.’
“Their efforts just go to show what a powerful force a dedicated group of citizens can be,” observed Mr. Arnott.
In an August 5 letter to the Town of Halton Hills, the Minister of Transportation promises to conduct
“additional analysis and consultation,” and to consult with the Town on the results of that work,
before making a final decision.
Mr. Arnott reiterated his call to ensure that any new highway projects in Halton Hills enhance our
quality of life, not diminish our quality of life.
He also sensed a political motivation for the government’s decision to delay the study.
“To me, it’s apparent that the Liberals felt they had to take this issue off the table – otherwise it
would drag down the local Liberal candidate.”
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