Taxes are chok­ing ru­ral res­i­dents

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Wynne think­ing polls as she ve­toes tolls (Jan. 28)

This piece re­gard­ing toll roads talks about a gas tax en­hance­ment that will pro­duce hun­dreds of mil­lions in rev­enue for tran­sit for mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties so Wynne says GTA can’t have tolls.

I think John Tory has it right. Let users pay for GTA roads. Gas taxes are pun­ish­ing ru­ral cit­i­zens for the ben­e­fit of Wynne’s in­creas­ingly GTA cen­tric On­tario.

Be­lieve me when I say tran­sit projects (LRT Hamil­ton in­cluded) will be the big­gest boon­dog­gles in the his­tory of this prov­ince, and, pos­si­bly the whole coun­try. Wynne’s war on cars re­ally grinds my gears.

It’s 15 min­utes by car to the near­est food store, phar­macy, doc­tor etc. from where I live. Much the same for mil­lions of other ru­ral On­tario cit­i­zens.

Fuel tax up, elec­tric­ity up, nat­u­ral gas up! When will the en­ergy tax mad­ness stop? Did my wife and I strug­gle a life­time to make a lovely home to re­tire in only to have it taxed away from us? Stop the mad­ness! Tom Hib­bard, Hagersville

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