Go read Steve Munro, Ed Keenan, CodeRedTO, or FordForToronto. It’s all set out there.
I know, I know, at some point I have to recognize that I’m preaching to the converted already. So I’m aiming this post at the councillors perceived as swing votes.
Recall the events of the last year and a half. Rob Ford’s first act after being sworn in was to declare Transit City dead. Never mind the questions about whether that was legal or whether he had the authority or the mandate for now; the fact is, he made his preference clear from the first minute, and ever since then, what’s he done to produce a rational, comprehensive and fiscally responsible plan to finance his precious subways?
Just note what he’s saying now: forget planning, the money’s there, let’s quit arguing about it and just get some shovels in the ground.
Let’s repeat for emphasis: forget about a plan. Ignore the expert panel. Trust that the money will magically appear.
Over to you, Councillors. Are you prepared to bet more than $8-billion in public funds on that?