Stop the Scarborough Subway Extension: Make it a 2018 ballot question.

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If one thing is abundantly clear, it is that the Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE) is a bad idea. It will underserve, cost the city untold billions (a number that continues to grow), thereby diverting much needed funds from much needed transit investments.

We all know the story...

The Province had committed to fully funding the conversion of the SRT into a 7-stop LRT, assuming the costs over its entire lifespan. City Council under then Mayor Rob Ford opted instead in 2013 to pursue the construction of the 3-stop (now 1-stop) SSE, the extra cost of which will be borne by the city. Council has repeatedly voted down initiating a comparative cost analysis between the LRT and SSE, and most recently has pushed the completion of a revised cost analysis to after council's last 2018 meeting before the election.

We deserve answers which we will not receive, leaving us uninformed about our decisions going into the election, and it is by design. The city knows the SSE is an irresponsible plan, but ambiguity plays in favour of an incumbent's re-election.

There is an alternative though, one that puts the power of decision into the hands of the residents at large: make it a 2018 ballot question. We deserve the opportunity to vote on a project of such scale.

By signing this petition, you'll be sending a clear message to Toronto City Council that you want your voice heard; that you want the fundamental democratic right of being able to vote.

Please sign and share. Together as engaged citizens we can effect positive change for our city.



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