Scott Stinson: Ontario government could find another way to fund transit if it really wanted to

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Not long after the non-elected members of the Metrolinx board explained their reasons for advocating $50-billion in new taxes to fund a public-transit expansion plan, it was hard to find an elected member of the provincial parliament to say anything kind about it.

“It’s not something we can support,” said NDP leader Andrea Horwath at Queen’s Park.

“We totally reject that report,” said Progressive Conservative transport critic Frank Klees.

Even the Liberals, though their party, and their Premier, have championed the idea of new streams of dedicated funding to ease gridlock in the Toronto region, weren’t exactly keen on selling the new taxes now that the impact on Ontario residents — an estimated $477 per year per household, but closer to $1,000 annually for a family with three kids and two vehicles — has been formally put to paper.

“Right now, these are recommendations,” said Transportation Minister Glen Murray when…

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