No one wants to pay more for a service that saw a price increase just last year.
But ask any TTC rider if they would risk seeing a strike bring the city to a standstill and the debate over cost and service becomes a personal one.
Mayor Rob Ford campaigned on getting this declaration passed and, as he has done before, he will do whatever it takes to keep his promise.
Not everyone agrees completely with his plans, but when it comes to the TTC, he got this one right.
The TTC is an essential service. It may not be fundamental in life-and-death terms like the police or ambulance services. However, it is a daily part of millions of lives.
Mothers, fathers, students, workers, the elderly and children are all dependent on public transit.
It’s been estimated that for every day the TTC is on strike, Toronto’s economy takes a $50-million hit.
Deeming transit an essential service takes away TTC employees’ right to strike and many fear doing so will open the door to doing the same with other public sector workers.
That factor shouldn’t come into the debate at Queen’s Park. What needs to be considered is whether or not Toronto needs this service to function on a daily basis.
The TTC has driven its way into the lives of hundreds of thousands of commuters and to have it depart for even one day would be disastrous.
Ask any Torontonian and the answer is clear: We cannot risk having a union bring our city to its knees.
Passing this legislation and declaring the TTC an essential service is the best way to ensure this city stands up straight and takes its place alongside the other elite capitals of the world.