Ontario provincial government will move ahead with transit taxes and tolls whether cities like it or not: Wynne

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TORONTO — Ontario’s Liberal government will move ahead with new tolls or taxes to fund decades worth of public transit upgrades in the Toronto-Hamilton area, even if municipalities oppose the new revenue tools, Premier Kathleen Wynne warned Wednesday.

The province is waiting for a report due in June from Metrolinx, the transit planning agency, on exactly what combination of tolls, taxes or levies it will recommend to raise the $2 billion a year for 25 years needed to help ease gridlock in a region where about 6.5 million people live and work, said Wynne.

“The whole process will be much better if we have municipal support and we can act in concert, but the reality is that we have to take action, and as a provincial government it’s my responsibility to determine the actions that we will take,” she said in a speech to municipal politicians and transit advocates.

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