Horwath promises to ease cost of transit by half
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says her party is promising to ease the operating cost of transit for cities across the province by half if elected in the upcoming provincial election.
Horwath made the remarks after a closed-door meeting with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at his City Hall office on Wednesday
She stressed, however, that the pledge comes on the "condition that (public transit systems) freeze fares for Ontarians for four years or for their community," she told CP24.
"The issue around transit is one that I hear all the time in the GTA – the accessibility of transit, the ability of the people to afford transit and that's why we're offering the City of Toronto and other municipalities to take half of the operating cost of transit off of their backs," Horwath said.
The meeting with the popular conservative mayor comes ahead of the Oct. 6 election. Horwath said that although both leaders come from different political stripes, the meeting focused on issues both could agree on.
"When it comes to things like affordable and accessible transit, we can work together. When it comes to affordable housing, when it comes to childcare – these are some of the things the mayor raised with me," Horwath said.
Ford said his appointment with Horwath went well, but he did not say who he intends to put his weight behind in the upcoming Ontario election.
Prior to her meeting with Ford, Horwath turned to the Twitterverse for help on the meeting's agenda.
"Meeting with Mayor Rob Ford in less than 1 hour. Any suggested topics to discuss?" she tweeted at around 12:30 p.m.
This is not the first time Ford has met with a provincial leader this month.
In mid-August, he met with Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty at Queen's Park to discuss funding for the Sheppard subway line.
After his meeting with McGuinty, Ford expressed a desire to meet with Horwath and Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak to discuss what they would offer if elected in October.
Early in August, Prime Minister Stephen Harper put in a campaign plug for Ontario's Tories, saying it was time to complete a "hat trick" and join Toronto in painting the country blue to in a move that would defeat the McGuinty government.
Harper made the remarks at Ford's family home in Etobicoke.