Letter to the Editor (Hamilton
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.
Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment