I hear these things all of the time. It is bogus. If you travel on the road, you owe them for the use. Do you think that this person drove on the road and thought that they would not charge him?
Sorry, not logical.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 31 May 2016 at 12:38
How does the logic of a lengthy post go right over the heads of readers with sufficient intelligence to challenge it.
Bob Rae's one term government was in charge when the 407 was completed. It was Ontario's first
and only toll road desperately needed and funded by Ontario tax dollars.
Whatever it cost , tolls would have recovered the cost in a pre-determined period.
The government then would have had a choice: use toll revenues to build more roads to relieve other bottlenecks, or allow users free acces as an essential bypass to the 401.
People continue to use it the 401 despite the risks. Obviously 407 tolls are beyond their means.
The government's choices would be known when the road was contemplated. They would have been favorable arguments. The road was likely plannedby the government previous to Bob Rae. A project like that takes more than a single term to assemble land and plan construction.
Then along comes Mike Harris with his slash and burn Trump-like mentality and sells the lot out from under ,no doubt at bargain basement price.
People currently enjoying the convenience of using the 407, could have had it at a fraction of the cost along with the satisfaction of knowing the revenue could have extended the highway or built other essential bypasses.
There can be no satisfaction for an even slightly aware Ontarian to know the revenue is leaving the
country and the company scooping up the gravy pays no taxes in and enjoys the services of the Government of Ontario to ensure tolls are collected.
The stupid stuff we see every day at our local level of government is repeated at the senior levels
of government; and for the same reason .
Because the people who elected them couldn't care less . They choose not to see beyond their own noses.
The government can cancel construction of gas fired hydro generation plants at a cost of billions
and maintain a contract for a toll road that robs us of billions.
Still the populace accepts the outrageous and declare themselves content.
Because there are more of them than there are of us, an ancient proverb aptly applies.
People get the government they deserve.