Green Party’s Teresa Pun challenges other candidates to support transit funding

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For Immediate ReleaseFebruary 10, 2014
 
Green Party’s Teresa Pun challenges other candidates to support transit funding
 
Thornhill – Green Party candidate Dr. Teresa Pun is challenging the other parties to support a dedicated transit fund to pay for expanding subway service to Thornhill.
 
“I’m disappointed that neither the NDP nor the Conservative party supports funding transit,” says Dr. Pun. “And I’m tired of the Liberals dragging their feet on funding transit. The people of Thornhill deserve better. We need transit now.”
 
The Green Party of Ontario (GPO) supports using innovative revenue for a dedicated transit fund to get the region’s economy and people moving again. The GPO continues to call for fair and balanced revenue tools–such as congestion charges, a gas tax and land value capture– that fully fund transit expansion in the long term and can be used to reduce gridlock starting now.
 
“The people of Ontario deserve an honest conversation about funding transit to end gridlock,” says GPO leader Mike Schreiner. “Money from Liberal scandals, wasteful spending and corporate tax cuts are needed to fund public services and reduce the government’s record deficit.”
 
GTA mayors, businesses and civic organizations are all calling for dedicated revenue tools to fund transit. The debate is stalled at Queen’s Park with none of the parties with seats in the Legislature putting forward a concrete plan to fund transit.
 
“The people of Thornhill can send a clear message that the status quo isn’t working by voting for the Green Party’s Dr. Teresa Pun on February 13,” adds Schreiner. “If you want a strong voice for transit, vote Green.”
 
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