Councillor Josh Matlow

Newstalk 1010: Scarborough city councillor changing transit debate

February 19, 2012

Michelle Berardinetti is the city councillor for ward 35 Scarborough-Southwest and on Newstalk 1010’s The City with Josh Matlow she proposed letting Torontonians settle the transit debate.

Berardinetti says there’s an old way of settling debates that doesn’t happen very often anymore, “back in the day they used to put a referendum question, at election time, on the ballot, so I think we have to go back to that.”

She says the next municipal election would be the time to do it because people will be voting already anyway.  Berardinetti suggests framing the question in a way that includes options for funding subways if that’s what people want.

“Have an independant party put those questions forward so that it’s in an appropriate way, not just do you want subways or not, because that’s not a fair question.”

City councillor Josh Matlow was receptive to the idea, but another councillor, Anthony Peruzza wasn’t.

“I think government by referendum in this regard is absolutely silly…it absolutely makes no sense whatsoever,” says Peruzza.

Berardinetti also indicated during the show that she has information about an LRT on Eglinton that she’ll be releasing later this week.

“Recent information that i just obtained from our staff in Scarborough…” explained Berardinetti, “information and studies that were prevented from happening in my ward and I think that it’s very relevant.”

She says it’s information she wished she had before council voted during a special meeting nearly two weeks ago to move forward with the Transit City plan.

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