Councillor Josh Matlow

Toronto Sun: Matlow challenges Ford on subway plan

February 27, 2012


Councillor Josh Matlow accused Mayor Rob Ford of being “a tax-and-spend dreamer” when it comes to transit.


The rookie councillor slammed Ford Monday for relying on “bumper sticker rhetoric” when it comes to his transit promises and challenged the mayor to produce a transit plan that is realistic, fact-based and can provide rapid transit to residents on Eglinton Ave., Finch Ave. and Sheppard Ave.


“It is time to call him on it, the onus is on the mayor to demonstrate to council and Toronto residents that he indeed has a plan,” Matlow said Monday.


“If he calls himself a fiscal conservative then demonstrate it. He’s not acting like a fiscal conservative, he’s acting like a tax-and-spend dreamer, who is making false promises to the very residents who need leadership now more than ever.”


Ford’s transportation plan — detailed in a memorandum with the province last year — calls for the Eglinton LRT to be buried as it moves into Scarborough and extending the Sheppard subway to the Scarborough Town Centre.


Earlier this month, Matlow and a majority of councillors rejected that plan and voted to revive parts of the Transit City plan which Ford killed. The council-supported plan includes running the Eglinton LRT at street-level in Scarborough.


Matlow said Ford’s transit vision isn’t a plan but “a bunch of musings.”


“The mayor has been running a re-election campaign based on bumper sticker rhetoric, false promises and cynical politics,” he said. “It is time for him to show us the plan he says he has.”


The St. Paul’s councillor dismissed the notion his transit stand was sour grapes over Ford replacing him as the host of the Newstalk 1010 Sunday afternoon radio show, The City.


Ford’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Matlow’s challenge.

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