Readers say ‘no’ to toll
Cape Bretoners not in favour of toll highway
The voting majority is not willing to pay a toll on Cape Breton highways, according to the latest Cape Breton Post survey.
We asked readers if they would pay a toll after the provincial government recently announced a toll option would speed up highway improvements across the province, including on Cape Breton Island.
Those who took the poll had the option of selecting the following four options: yes, no, depends on how much, and depends on the condition of the highway.
There was also the option to offer your own answer.
After 329 votes were cast, more than 52 per cent of voters selected ‘no,’ indicating they do not want to pay a toll.
Some 24 per cent indicated they would pay a toll, while almost 16 per cent chose the ‘depends on how much’ category.
Just 3.65 per cent selected ‘depends on the condition of the highway.’
Thirteen readers chose to give their own answer to this question.
Tolls are a profoundly wrong move, wrote one voter, and $22 from Sydney to St. Peter’s is way too much, another said.
“If that’s what it takes to twin,” was another response, indicating that voter was in favour of the toll.
Several voters commented that people of Nova Scotia already pay too many taxes.
There were mixed reactions in the comments section of the survey.
“The problem with tolls is once they are in place, they will rise and rise and rise,” wrote one voter.
“Look at the Englishtown ferry service, as well as other similar services.”
Another comment noted that the toll is the only way to better roads.
“Tolls take back the roads,” wrote Lawrence Walker.
The survey produced a little more than 95 per cent of its reaction from Canadian voters, seconded by about three per cent from the United States.
One person cast their ballot from a Hong Kong address, while five did not indicate their country of origin.