Takhar of Mississauga has that role after the Liberals defeated the
Progressive Conservative government in the recent provincial election.
will have to decide what future action is taken on the mid-peninsula
project, said Will MacKenzie, a ministry information officer.
mid-peninsula project includes a proposed highway between Fort Erie
mayor Rob MacIsaac and Ted McMeekin, the MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot
both said recently they expect the Liberal government to commit to
a full Environmental Assessment.
a lawsuit by Burlington and Halton, the Conservative-led ministry
recently withdrew a previous environment assessment (EA) to make revisions.
politicians have sought an EA terms of reference that would provide
protection from cuts to the Niagara Escarpment and include consideration
of rail and transit alternatives.
group of stakeholders was also sought for the project.
and Halton were close to an agreement with the previous transportation
minister, but it was put on hold because of the provincial election.
officials fear the proposed highway will connect to Hwy. 407 near
Walker's Line. Other possible linkups include an expanded Hwy. 403
on Hamilton Mountain, Hwy. 401 west of Milton and Hwy. 6 in Flamborough.
officials have described the project as the mid-peninsula transportation
corridor and say it could include a new highway, transit way or both.
have warned a highway may be needed to serve major increases forecast
for population and traffic growth between Toronto and Niagara.
say the highway will be a toll road costing more than $1 billion that
will damage the environment while failing to alleviate traffic congestion.