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Board of Trade upset about lack of funding for Toronto’s infrastructure

Frustrated by government inaction and failed election promises, an unlikely corporate organization has become a po...

January 12, 2004   Canadian Consulting Engineer

Frustrated by government inaction and failed election promises, an unlikely corporate organization has become a political activist.
Toronto’s Board of Trade is saying “Enough of Not Enough,” and has launched a campaign to encourage citizens to write to their federal and provincial representatives to ask them to invest in basic infrastructure.
“Our roads are jam-packed, our transit system is stalled, people are searching further from the city to access affordable housing, and our waterfront remains an untapped opportunity,” announced Elyse Allan, the board’s president and CEO.
“Through the ‘Enough of Not Enough’ campaign, we’re encouraging people to urge elected officials to take decisive action now for Toronto.”
She feels that the city is not receiving its fair share of investment, considering the amount of tax revenue it pays and the growing population.
“Every year Toronto pays $9 billion more in taxes than it receives in services,” she points out. “Toronto is the core of a city region that is the economic engine of our province and country. We should be building for the future, but instead, we’re falling behind.”
The Board has a long list of big corporate and media partners in its corner. People who want to send in letters to their politicians can log onto www.RealTorontoSolutions.ca or call 1-866-4-TORONTO.
“The time for bandage solutions is over,” says Allan. “Toronto is overdue for a new deal from the federal and provincial governments that will provide this city with additional, adequate and predictable funding to meet our short- term requirements and long-term city building needs.”


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