Not for construction.
has it right above.
I have my ear tight to the ground, I think we're still some serious distance away from construction.
We also still need the question answered about storage.
Either they require the western extension to access Wilson directly, or Sheppard East will need a dedicated yard.
The only place I can see to logically put the latter is CP's Toronto Yard, which is well north of Sheppard, and won't come cheap.
As a side note, every political party produces the province's public-facing books this way, and I can't stand it. Except for the highest level numbers (and even those require a large grain of salt) there's virtually no transparency.
I want to see Ministry by Ministry line-item plans for operating at least 5 years out; and capital plans at least 10 years out.
For all my complaints about the City's governance at least its far more transparent vs provincial opaqueness.
I’d characterize Ontario’s political culture as shady and opaque. I don’t like it. The Government of Ontario (the institution) feels like it doesn't have any particular political philosophy beyond benefitting special interests. It was like that when the Liberals were in power, and Ford has continued that tradition, only more brazenly.
Metrolinx‘s structure appears to be a manifestation of this reality. This reality that the Government of Ontario wants to make decision in closed door, beyond public accountability.
A big issue with Canada’s provincial governments is their relative instability and lack of checks on their power.
1. Canada’s federal government has a senate, which stops madman Prime Ministers and their parties from doing too much damage when they’re in power. This has the effect of stabilizing the Government of Canada as a political institution. No matter who’s in charge, we can generally be confident that the federal government is in good hands.
Ontario doesn’t have a senate. That means there effectively exists no check on the Premier’s powers, outside of their own party. A rogue premier could do something absurd like shut down the City of Toronto tomorrow, and there’s nothing that could be done to stop it.
2. On top of that, the Premiers don’t particularly have a lot of motivation to act… responsibly.
Canada’s federal government pretty much has all the “big boy” responsibilities, and the feds are Canada’s face on the world stage. The feds manage international trade, the feds manage interprovincial relations, the feds are predominantly in charge of the powerful financial and regulatory stuff. Basically, the federal government has to act responsibly, because Canada‘s credibility is on the line.
Let me put it this way: If the federal government had a pattern of acting as brazenly as Ontario, it would the subject of international condemnation, as well as internal condemnation from the provinces. But the federal government acts more responsibly, because the federal government simply has more responsibly than the provinces.
How does this relate to transit? Well, this political reality created by our constitution is why our provincial government (and Metrolinx) feel so opaque
. It’s also why the Governments of Ontario’s plans and intentions are so difficult to pin down.
IMO, the Governemnt of Ontario would be significantly more stable and trustworthy if it had a senate. A senate would inhibit a premier from making brash decisions, while also adding a certain level of accountability and transparency to Ontarios governance. Without that check on their power, majority governments in Ontario can effectively operate behind closed doors. That’s deeply problematic, regardless of who is in charge.