As much as criticism of the specific "Smart Track" plan is justified, I feel this throws out the baby with the bathwater. It should be abundantly clear that Toronto needs an integrated transit system where GO-RER becomes the normal mode for medium-to-long distance trips WITHIN the city, not just for suburban commuters going to Bay Street. I mean, has Steve Munro ever been to Berlin (S-Bahn) or Tokyo (JR)? Or has Gord Perks? They sure don't talk like it.
Moreover it seems a bad-faith argument to say that Smart Track stations "compete" with the Ontario Line when we see from near-weekly subway breakdowns how important it is to have redundancy and transfer opportunities in the system.
There is no argument against GO RER (or whatever we're calling it this week)
The argument is against the details in Smart Track (specific alignments and numbers of stations almost entirely disposed of by current plans); and the notion that the remaining City funds are simply not needed to achieve the do-able objectives within said plan.
What's left nominally is six stations; but 3 will almost certainly be cancelled; leaving 3 stations that are otherwise funded (don't need City money)