Toronto Automobile Dealers Association

Toronto Automobile Dealers Association

August 25, 2011 14:53 ET

Make Traffic an Election Issue; End War on Car: TADA

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 25, 2011) - With Ontario's provincial election six weeks away, the Toronto Automobile Dealers Association is asking each political party to look at Statistics Canada's "Commuting to Work" study and make traffic reduction an election issue. The study found the average commute in Toronto takes 20 minutes less for car users to get to work than public transit users. The study also showed that Toronto is the worst region in Canada for commuting to work.

Quotes

"The Toronto Automobile Dealers Association is asking each provincial political party to put forth policies to end the war on cars and reduce traffic on our roadways. The "Commuting to Work" study shows that while public transit has a role, Ontario families simply need cars and want to drive them. Public policy should reflect more respect towards car users and not proclaim that public transit alone will solve Greater Toronto's traffic congestion."

- Todd Bourgon, Executive Director

Toronto Automobile Dealers Association

"Let's face the facts: Ontario families need cars to run their household. Cars represent the freedom and independence that gives families the flexibility to go to school, attend hockey practice or take a vacation when it's convenient for them. With Ontario's population expected to grow, more cars will be on our roads and the next provincial government must plan for that."

- Todd Bourgon, Executive Director

Toronto Automobile Dealers Association

"Commuters who used public transit took considerably longer to get to work than those who lived an equivalent distance from their place of work and went by car."

- "Commuting to Work" Study

Statistics Canada, August 24, 2011

Facts

  • Since 1908, the Toronto Automobile Dealers Association has been the voice of Greater Toronto's 340 new car dealers, representing every manufacturer's brand and franchise.
  • In March, The Toronto Board of Trade reported the average roundtrip commute in the GTA is 80 minutes and costs the GTA economy $6 billion annually
  • The Ontario PC Party's platform commits to "stop the war on the car" and balancing transportation policy between public transportation and cars
  • Ontario's NDP promise to reduce the HST on gasoline by one percentage point per year
  • The Green Party of Ontario will impose a carbon tax - increasing the cost of owning the family car
  • The Ontario Liberal Party have yet to release their election platform
  • The "Commuting to Work" survey can be found at: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/110824/dq110824b-eng.htm.

Contact Information

  • Toronto Automobile Dealers Association
    Todd Bourgon
    Executive Director
    905-940-6232
    www.tada.ca