(Queen’s Park) – With a provincial election expected to be called next week, Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott is continuing to call upon the Minister of Transportation to be a funding partner on the Town of Halton Hills’ long-term transportation strategy. On May 3rd, he reiterated his invitation to the Minister to visit his Riding and announce her support.
The following is the text of his remarks in the Ontario Legislature:
Mr. Ted Arnott: Once again, I rise in this House to draw attention to the Town of Halton Hills long-term transportation needs. We continue to call upon the Minister of Transportation to partner with the Town to develop a long-term transportation strategy for the Town.
Last fall, I worked with the Mayor and Staff of the Town to initiate a Private Members Resolution which was unanimously passed by this House. During debate, I spoke of the possible need for a Highway 7 Acton bypass; the issues surrounding the proposed commercial development of 340 Main Street, Acton; the Halton-Peel Boundary Area Transportation Study, which could lead to the construction of bypasses in Georgetown and Norval—a study which had been put on hold because of the GTA west corridor study; the promised all-day, two-way GO train service from Kitchener-Waterloo to Union Station with stops in Wellington-Halton Hills; the Town’s role in the government’s decision to widen the 401 from Milton to Mississauga; and the need for traffic signals near the Sands condominium in Georgetown.
We asked the Minister of Transportation to be a funding partner and to support the Town’s vision of building and ensuring safe and efficient transportation opportunities for our residents and businesses. I had numerous conversations with the former Minister, the Hon. Steven Del Duca, and I believe we were making progress. Then a Cabinet shuffle in January gave us a new Minister of Transportation. I know she is aware of these issues, because I’ve talked to her too.
I have always been willing to reach across party lines to get things done. We have less than a week until the Writ is dropped. The Minister of Transportation still has time to do the right thing, but time is running out.
The Minister lives in the Riding of Cambridge. She travels through Halton Hills every time she goes back and forth to Toronto.
There is a Town Council meeting scheduled for this coming Monday night. While the agenda has been set, I know that Town Council and Staff would welcome the Minister of Transportation to come to our Civic Centre and make this announcement. All she has to do is say “yes.”
One more time, I invite the Minister to visit our Riding and to announce her Ministry’s support as a funding partner for the Town of Halton Hills long-term transportation strategy. Let’s get going.
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Ted Arnott, MPP
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Ted Arnott, MPP