Ms Jennifer F. Mossop (Stoney Creek): My question is for the
Minister of Transportation. The people of my riding of Stoney Creek
need some clarification on the issue of the mid-peninsula highway.
There's been some confusion created by the opposition with regard
to this. We need to know on two issues, with regard to our commitment
to the highway and also to an environmental assessment. First of all,
unlike the former Tory government, is the McGuinty government committed
to a full environmental assessment on the mid-peninsula corridor project?
Hon Harinder S. Takhar (Minister of Transportation): As I indicated
in the House last week, our government is completely committed to
a full environmental assessment for the mid-peninsula transportation
corridor. This commitment was made as a part of the Liberal election
platform, and we are keeping our promise.
Ms Mossop: My constituents are also concerned about the commitment
to the overall project itself. There has been some confusion created,
saying that we are slamming the brakes on the project. It is my understanding
that our government is committed to the project because of the ever-increasing
cross-border truck traffic, and also that that is putting pressure
on the QEW to expand into our Niagara tender fruit lands. Minister,
will you reassure the people of Stoney Creek that the government remains
committed to the mid-peninsula transportation corridor project?
Hon Mr Takhar: Our government understands the importance of
this project for trade, commerce and even the gridlock issues in that
area, so we are absolutely committed to proceeding with this project.
But we want to make sure we do the full environmental assessment so
we can assess the social, economic and environmental aspects of the