February 25, 2014: A familiar story played out this morning after the Liberals
stalled the passage of a committee motion that would require the release of critical
documents related to the costly Air Rail Link that will connect Pearson Airport
to Union Station. PC Critic for Transportation Jeff Yurek noted that the Liberals
have stalled the passage of this motion through the Standing Committee on Government
Agencies since December.
Yurek said these Liberal stall tactics should come as no surprise, given the Liberal's
fight last year to keep the gas plant documents from the public. Once released,
these documents showed the cost to cancel and move the gas plants were $870 million
more than the Liberals said.
"If you don't have anything to hide, there should be no problem being completely
open," said Yurek. "However, given the scathing findings on the Air Rail Link by
the Auditor General a year ago, I think we're going to see another hundred million
dollar debacle. We need these documents to see just how bad the damage is going
Metrolinx is currently overseeing the construction of the Air Rail Link with a completion
date expected in 2015. In his 2012 Annual Report, the former Auditor General raised
concerns that the $456 million project would not be able to cover its operating
"The Auditor General stated he doesn't think this link will be self-sustainable
and that the province has not specifically required Metrolinx to recover its operating
costs," said Yurek. "That means constituents in my riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London
will have to fork over more of their hard earned money to prop up a money-losing
Recently, a Liberal-appointed transit panel released a report that recommended raising
the current provincial gas tax from 14.7 cents per litre to 24.7 cents per litre
to pay for Toronto transit. This would mean drivers in areas like London and St.
Thomas will have to pay more for services they don't use.
"The Liberals have wasted enough of non-Toronto taxpayer's money on strictly Toronto
policies. After committee today, it's clear that they remain committed to hiding
how much more the people of Ontario will have to pay."