Letter to the Editor (Hamilton Spectator)
September 12, 2006

per the article "Burlington urges full EA on road",

As per the article "Burlington urges full EA on road", Hamilton Mayor, Larry DiIanni, Erie-Lincoln MPP Tim Hudak, Lincoln Mayor Bill Hodgson and Port Colborne Mayor Ron Bodner, are trying to persuade Transportation Minister Cansfield to fast-track the environmental assessment (EA) process for the Niagara to GTA Corridor. To this end, they have recommended using the Needs Assessment Study completed for the Mid Peninsula Highway.

I am alarmed that these politicians would urge the Minister to commit the same errors on the Niagara to GTA Corridor project that were committed on the MPH project. I wonder if the discussion included how the MPH Needs Assessment Study was biased due to the Niagara Regions contribution of money and information and Hamilton's contribution of information, while other local governments were excluded from the process. Or did they mention that major factors, such as the impact rising fuel costs would have on highway usage, were not considered. Since that time gas has risen from $.50 to $1.00 per litre or increased %50.

When the Premier and the Minister of Transportation committed to completing a full EA on the Niagara to GTA Corridor process, it was the logical and right thing to do.

Our government representatives are suppose to provide long-term vision and play within the rules that exist for the protection of all.


Sue McMaster
Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment
Flamborough, Ontario

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