The Mayor’s Tunnel Vision
Bratina has been brain-storming again. Yesterday’s fumble, with the mayor misquoting Ontario’s Premier concerning the supposed ‘either or’ funding of LRT and all-day GO service, has inspired the ire of his colleagues in council. Terry Whitehead made the comment that the mayor doesn’t take orders from the province, the mayor sets the agenda – and that was when Bob had his epiphany.
“If Kathleen Wynne won’t make an ultimatum, I will,” said Bratina, in yesterday’s general concerns committee. “We’re either doing LRT, or a subway in Dundas. And the decision will be made on Monday.”
Rumours of Bratina’s Dundas subway have circulated for as long as he’s been in politics. It’s long been suspected that Bratina has been funding the Environmental Assessments and feasibility studies in secret, waiting for public sentiment to support his subway.
Dundas has the unique chance of becoming the only town in the world with a population under 30,000 to have a subway, and the second place in Ontario.
For the same price as LRT, claims city staff, we could – in theory – have a subway in Dundas that spans King Street W from Woodleys Lane to the Canadian Tire. Metrolinx has approved funding for the project, so long as the city pitches in $30 million. Rumours of exhausting the Future Fund has already divided council.
“You’re being willfully…ignorant,” said a livid Brian McHattie. “The Future Fund is for self-sustaining projects. HSR ridership for Dundas is far from sustainable, and we’ve been waiting years for LRT.”
The Mayor’s tunnel vision may get him in trouble with council, but perhaps Dundas will feel differently.