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Duly Quoted: Dwight Duncan on Toronto’s Gridlock

Our congestion has national ramifications, the outgoing provincial finance minister maintains.

“The gridlock challenge in the Greater Toronto—Hamilton area is probably the greatest impediment to productivity improvements in the Canadian economy. Whatever government of whatever political stripe is going to have to come to terms with the reality that there will have to be new sources of revenue to support it.”

—Outgoing Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan (Liberal, Windsor—Tecumseh) on Tuesday. Duncan also commented on the lack of funding for transit from the federal government—though he didn’t mention much about his own government’s decision to scale back on the original planned scope of light rail in Toronto, nor their unwillingness to take on any operating costs for the TTC.