Horwath promises transit investment

NDP leader Andrea Horwath along with NDP Trinity-Spadina candidate Rosario Marchese outside St....

NDP leader Andrea Horwath along with NDP Trinity-Spadina candidate Rosario Marchese outside St. Andrew's station Thursday. (DAVE THOMAS/QMI Agency)

Kevin Connor, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

TORONTO -- NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says her party will invest in a transit system that would reduce long commutes in a fair way for all taxpayers.

That would include an increase in corporate taxes to help fund projects like a downtown Toronto subway relief line.

"It would help take the burden off the city ... Those with higher incomes should contribute more," Horwath said Thursday at St. Andrew subway station.

While taking the subway to her press conference, Horwath said she met a woman who commutes four hours a day to and from work on a crowded and outdated public transit system.

"(She) could be spending more time with her kids. We will make sure a downtown relief line is a priority," she said.

"Liberals have wasted billions of people's tax dollars on huge CEO bonuses, eHealth mismanagement, ORNGE scandal and gas plant corruption instead of investing it in health care, education and public transit."

Horwath said for a decade the Liberals have promised to improve the system, but while Liberal Leader Kathleen Wynne was transportation minister, her party cut $4 billion from Golden Horseshoe transit and cancelled the bus replacement program.

kevin.connor@sunmedia.ca


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