Great attempt may miss the mark

Finally, a government payout that will actually help the people.

After billions of dollars being doled out to automakers and giant corporations, with people still losing their jobs and perpetuating our downward economy, it’s nice to see initiatives aimed at directly helping the public. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Dalton McGuinty announced their governments would be spending $500 million in infrastructure funds on Ontario’s GO Transit system.

Twelve stations will be getting a boost from Mississauga to Markham. The main focus will be to ease congestion; the bane of every commuter’s existence.

It’s good to finally see a proactive approach to kick starting our ailing economy, rather than the reactive measures we’ve gotten used to.

But alas, there is a catch.

The National Post reported the new GO trains will be bought from a factory in Idaho, which is great for our southern neighbors, but not so much for Canadians recently out of manufacturing jobs.

And let’s not forget the fact that GO Transit commutes roughly 200,000 people on an average business day, while the average for the TTC is 1.5 million.

Perhaps it would have been a little more beneficial for the people stacked like sardines in a subway car to get a piece of that $500 million.

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By: Maxx Smith
Posted: Feb 19 2009 12:01 pm
Filed under: Opinion