Federal Election Transportation Debate

Federal Election Transportation Debate

Canada's 43rd federal election is now underway so the country's five main political parties are in full campaign mode as they seek to form government on October 21.

According to a recent Abacus Data poll asking Canadians to rate Elections Canada Ballot Box 17 issues that may be of concern to them, transit comes in at #15 with 
only 6% feeling that it is important. However, personal transportation
choices have varying economic, environmental and social impacts on each of the “top 3 issues”:

  1. Cost of living - transport is usually the second largest household expense;
  2. Health care - car dependence can contribute to obesity, diabetes and heart disease while emergency medical care is often required in the case of 160,000 traffic accidents each year; 
  3. Cimate change - the transport sector is responsible for 24% of
    green house gas emissions.


To ensure that transportation policy is not forgotten during the election campaign, Transport Futures hosted a special debate at Innis Town Hall on the University of Toronto campus. Politiciansrepresenting the Liberals, New Democrats and Greens discussed their respective transport strategies as they pertain to road, transit, rail, airport and marine infrastructure as well as related equity, safety, technology, environmental, funding, governance and leadership issues. Ben Spurr, transportation reporter for the Toronto Star, moderated the informative debate as well as audience Q&A. Thanks to everyone for joining us!

Media coverage:

* The Conservative Party of Canada and People's Party of Canada were invited to participate.

Transport Futures - Candidates

             Adam Vaughan               Diana Yoon                      Tim Grant              

                                                         Liberal Party                     NDP                            Green Party           

Transport Futures thanks our major sponsors:



Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario



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Ontario Good Roads Association