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02/16/2012

Editorial Board: Drummond report fallout

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Today we're talking the big issue of the week – at least the big issue here in Ontario. The fallout from the long-awaited report by Don Drummond – the bank economist who was asked by the province’s Liberal government to recommend ways to tame its $16 billion dollar deficit. Editorial page editor Andrew Phillips is joined by three members of the editorial board, Kerry Gillespie, Gordon Barthos and Leslie Papp.

 

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It will take lot of homework before they can come up with what they are prepared to cut and trade. So every thing therefore is a speculation at this point. I think they can cut subsidy to Toronto on the LRTs. Limit the Eglinton line to the tunnel part only and run articulated buses along the rest of the route on the East side of the tunnel.

Run artics along shoulder lanes with exclusive right of way during peak hours as is the case elsewhere in the city and the GTA.

City returns the rest of the money back to the Province for the time being till such time as deficit has reduced.

They should look at staff reductions due to efficiency improvements in the city, which should include the TTC. I think they can easily save around half a billion a year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avX-gmIu25g

It is time for Ontario to take their province back from those who have turned it into a train wreck.

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