Politics at play in delay
Re: New Highway 7 delayed again, to chorus of boos — Nov. 23
Have you ever been to North Bay, the city that’s about 325 kilometres north of Toronto? It is connected by a four-lane highway all the way. Parts of rocky hills on the Canadian Shield had to be blown away to construct it. If you leave North Bay on a weekday morning at about 7:30 a.m., you may encounter a few cars until you get to Huntsville. It gets a bit busier then, a bit more past Gravenhurst and it finally gets busy when you get to Orillia and Barrie.
Do you remember who was from North Bay? Mike Harris Sr., who became Ontario premier in 1995. I guess he needed a fast way to get to Toronto.
For dozens of years now, the provincial government has been talking about and postponing the 16-kilometre stretch between Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph. There are no rocks to blow away.
That stretch connects two NDP ridings and one Green party riding. And now it’s possibly postponed again, by our new premier, when preliminary construction has started already. Coincidence? I don’t think so.