Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli
Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli delivered a Members’ Statement in the Ontario Legislature this afternoon demanding action regarding the poor highway conditions Northern drivers were forced to deal with this past winter.
The following is the prepared text of Fedeli’s statement:
Speaker, the driving conditions Ontarians have had to deal with on provincial highways this past winter have quite frankly been disgraceful.
I have had Constituents contact me after nearly every snowfall to complain that they have never before seen our provincial highways in such terrible shape.
Municipalities such as West Nipissing, Chisholm, and Armour passed Resolutions that resolve “that the Premier of Ontario take the necessary steps to immediately restore the level of service for winter maintenance on Provincial Highways.”
They also want the Ministry of Transportation to undertake the evaluation and potential reclassification of all Provincial Highways to ensure adequate road maintenance, and to ensure that contractors consistently maintain Provincial Highways to the standard that ensures continued public safety.
Thanks to a motion from my colleague from Leeds-Grenville, our caucus was successful in getting the Auditor General to investigate the reasons motorists in every corner of Ontario have had to take their lives into their hands when they got behind the wheel on provincial highways this past winter.
Ontarians deserve to have this situation fixed to ensure their families’ safety on our roads.
For the third year, Speaker, I say this cannot happen again next winter.