Fedeli delivers petition rejecting new taxes & fees to fund GTA TransitMonday, September 09, 2013 by: Kate Adams
Nipissing MPP Victor Fedeli
NORTH BAY – Northern Ontarians have made it crystal clear they do not want the Wynne Liberals to force them to pay more in new taxes and fees for Toronto and Hamilton transit, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli said today.
Fedeli presented a petition signed by nearly 600 constituents to that effect in the Ontario Legislature this afternoon. The text of the petition is as follows:
TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:
WHEREAS, the provincial agency Metrolinx recently provided several options to pay for improvements to gridlock and transit in the Toronto and Hamilton areas, including a 1-per cent hike in the HST and a 5-cent a litre gasoline tax and,
WHEREAS, internal government documents show nearly 50 other new provincial tax and fee increases are being considered, including a monthly phone bill surcharge, increased licence and validation fees for drivers, vehicle owners, fishers, hunters and park users and,
WHEREAS, taxpayers in Northern Ontario are already overburdened with demands by the provincial government on their pocketbooks, and residents in Northern Ontario experience higher costs for many items including transportation,
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows: to not pay for the expansion of Toronto and Hamilton transit through taxes, fees, surcharges or other mechanism that burdens the taxpayers of Northern Ontario.