Party leaders invited to debate transportation issues

Item date: 
April 11, 2018


Party leaders invited to debate transportation issues during 2018 provincial election campaign

More than 45,000 Ontario voters expected to watch on TV and online
TORONTO (Apr. 11, 2018) --  Traffic congestion. Lost time. Crumbling roads. Lackluster transit. Shared and automated vehicles. Safety, emissions and health. Equity and revenue tools.          

These are just a few of the important transportation issues that will be discussed on May 14 during a Transport Futures debate moderated by Steve Paikin, host of TVO’s The Agenda. 

Invitations were sent to the Liberals, Conservatives, New Democrats and Greens between February 26 and March 12. To date, the Green’s Mike Schreiner has accepted. 

Taking place at Innis Town Hall on the University of Toronto’s downtown campus, 200 people will be in the audience while 45,000 more are expected to watch on TV or online.

“It is difficult to say what the ballot box question will be”, says Martin Collier, founder of Transport Futures. “But we don’t want critical transportation policies to be lost in the conversation about health, education and the economy. 

“This is ironic since, without well-designed and well-funded roads and transit, Ontarians will continue to have problems when they travel to their medical appointments, classes and jobs – especially as the population continues to grow. Our political leaders shouldn’t take our transportation systems for granted.”

The two-hour afternoon debate will have five main components: 

  1. Highways, Roads and Safety
  2. Transit, Intercity Travel and Smart Mobility
  3. Funding, Financing and Transportation Demand Management
  4. Leadership, Governance and Communications
  5. Audience Q&A
“Transport Futures and our partners are confident that the provincial parties want to share their transportation platforms with all Ontarians, so we’re optimistic that we’ll receive their RSVPs very soon”, Collier said.          

About the Debate Partners:

  • Since 2008, Transport Futures (TF) has facilitated a rational, non-partisan and robust dialogue pertaining to a range of mobility pricing measures, infrastructure delivery methods and emerging technologies. Generously supported by the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and 407 ETR, TF conferences, outreach and research has contributed to the public discourse on the future of transportation planning in Ontario.
  • The Agenda with Steve Paikin is TVO’s flagship current affairs program. It engages public-minded individuals in current affairs and social issues in an absorbing and insightful manner.
For further information, please contact:
Martin Collier, 
MES (Pl.)
Director, Healthy Transport Consulting
Founder, Transport Futures

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