The province is one step closer to removing the tolls on the 412 and 418.
Oshawa MPP and NDP Transportation Critic Jennifer French’s bill to get rid of the tolls on the two north-south highways passed second reading Wednesday by a wide margin (54-2).
French says it’s an issue she hears about all the time from residents across Durham and she will keep pushing the government to correct the unfairness.
She posted the following on Twitter today :
Durham Region is the only place in Ontario that has a toll highway that is entirely within its border.
The 412 and 418 are also the only north-south highways in the Province.
French says the PCs, including other Durham MPP’s made election promises to work to remove the tolls, but until this bill, she didn’t hear them addressing the issue at all.
“I was an orange dot in a sea of red pushing for this and now I’m doing the same in a sea of blue” said French. “Every day, people drive past the 412 and 418 and choose not to use them, it’s time for the Ford government to make good on those promises.”
The bill will now head to the committee stage in the new year to examine things like feasibility before it returns to the legislature for a third and final reading and vote.
French says she is happy the bill has survived thus far, but will keep the pressure on until the tolls are gone.
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