Mail-out encourages Torontonians to speak up for subways.
SPOTTED BY: Torontoist contributor Stephen Michalowicz
WHERE: Mailboxes across Toronto
WHAT: Toronto, remember when you breathed that sigh of relief and thought “well, win or lose, at least the transit debate is settled now?” Tim Hudak is trying to make you think again.
A postcard went out to some Toronto residents this week from the Progressive Conservative leader, trying to drum up support for underground transit, despite Toronto City Council’s recent series of decisions backing a light-rail plan that will put new transit lines, or major portions thereof, above ground. The pros and cons have been repeated to death by all sides involved by now, and the Liberal government has made it clear it will follow the lead set by council and respect its decision, so this is a train that has left the station. Nonetheless, Rob Ford has said he’s not done fighting, and it seems Tim Hudak has his back.
Though we hadn’t heard back from Tim Hudak’s office at publication time, his press secretary has since gotten back to us. Heather Capannelli tells us by email that 100,000 cards were mailed this week. When asked about the campaign’s goals, given that the Liberal government has already indicated it will follow council’s wishes, she replied: “The Ontario PCs will continue to advocate for subways using a number of methods, because we believe Toronto should have a world-class transit system. This includes subways. We have been clear that the province should direct Metrolinx to work with the City to build subways.”