Wynne won't rule out tolls for transit

Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne addresses the media on Sunday. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Incoming premier Kathleen Wynne addresses the media on Sunday. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:34 PM ET

Toronto could be on track for new transit tolls or taxes with incoming Premier Kathleen Wynne in charge.

Wynne blitzed radio stations Monday morning and made it clear she's prepared to support new revenue tools for transit, won't let a casino be imposed on a municipality that doesn't want it and is willing to work with Mayor Rob Ford.

Asked about transit funding on CBC's Metro Morning, Wynne stressed the province is "playing catch-up" on investing in transit.

"If we can now understand that there are going to have to be new revenue tools, that we are going to have find a way to create a revenue stream because we can't balance the budget at the provincial level and build all the transit that is needed in the GTHA and beyond - we can't do that without new revenue streams."

Wynne wasn't ruling out any revenue tools including road tolls, parking levy or dedicated transit tax.

"In my leadership bid, I talked about them up front," she said. "I was elected as the leader and will be the premier with everyone knowing that I'm prepared to take that political risk in order to build transit."

Mayor Rob Ford said Sunday he hopes to speak with Wynne about funding for new subways in Toronto. Wynne said she plans to speak to Ford soon.

with us, they are here to stay," she said.


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