The debate about whether Toronto should undertake a Scarborough Subway in place of the proposed LRT line will occupy a good deal of Council’s time this week even though it is likely to wind up with a subway endorsement. We will hear a great deal of information, some of it true, some of it best described as creative fiction, and some just plain wrong.
Expecting the gang of 45 to understand all of the details is a huge stretch, and this is complicated by a critical lack of information. Many questions have not been answered, nay have not even been asked.
How Council can undertake a $1-billion or more project without being fully informed is baffling, especially for such a bunch of right-wing, penny-pinching fiscal conservatives. The times, however, demand a political statement, and we’re going to start by giving Scarborough a subway, no matter what it takes.
Here are a few questions responsible representatives of we, the voters and taxpayers, should be asking. Continue reading