The war on the car has returned to Toronto.
Toronto Mayor John Tory recently announced his support for a $2 per trip toll on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway.
For a daily commuter, that works out to about an extra $1,000 per year.
And even if you don’t own a car it’s still going to cost you. Delivery trucks and taxi cabs will be subjected to the toll, and those costs will naturally be passed along to the consumer.
For car owners, this is just more of the same. Except now, families are going to hurt even more.
The average tax threshold on a litre of gasoline is already $0.385. In other words, about 40% of the cost of gasoline is a tax.
The policy reason for the gas taxes is that this revenue would go towards maintaining roads and building new ones. But what's actually occurred is gas tax revenues over the decades went into that nebulous black hole known as general revenues.
John Tory, would’ve been premier of Ontario in 2007 had he not advocated public funding for faith-based schools. And now it seems that he is yet again going to commit political suicide by backing a toll that he originally opposed.
This is a war on drivers. And if you have had enough, then please sign the petition below.
John Tory must reverse his decision on implementing road tolls in Toronto.