TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:
WHEREAS former Premier Mike Harris and his PC government cancelled provincial funding of 50 percent of the TTC’s net operating costs over 20 years ago, downloading these costs to Toronto taxpayers and transit riders;
WHEREAS subsequent successive Ontario provincial governments have maintained this underfunding;
WHEREAS the TTC is the least-subsidized public transit system in North America;
WHEREAS this underfunding, for over two decades, has resulted in reduced TTC service, inadequate staffing, and an inability to expand public transit services in line with population growth;
THEREFORE WE THE UNDERSIGNED petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to immediately restore the provincial funding of 50% of the TTC’s net operating costs.