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Paving way to election

Editorial: It’s good to know there’s a lot of interest within the provincial government, according to local MPP Liz Sandals, in a new business case for two-way urban commuter rail on the CN North Mainline that runs from Toronto to Guelph and Kitchener.

It’s also good to know that if the provincial government decides to adopt a policy of increasing gas taxes and/or the harmonized sales tax (HST) to pay for transportation improvements, Guelph residents won’t end up paying for transportation projects in the Toronto-Hamilton region – again, according to Sandals.

How to pay for better transportation is shaping up to be a major issue in a provincial election widely expected to be held before next summer.

On a local level, it’s intriguing to ponder whether a connection will be clearly made between new revenue tools and making it easier to afford the double-tracking of the CN line needed to bring two-way GO train service to Guelph and Kitchener.

That could put quite a different spin on the transportation-revenue issue hereabouts, come election time.

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