Pol­i­tics at play in de­lay

Waterloo Region Record - - Insight -

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.

Tineke Vos


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