NDP MP Olivia Chow is pushing the federal government to develop a plan to deal with gridlock and public transit in the upcoming budget.
She is the party’s transportation critic.
She took the 504 King streetcar in Toronto in her Trinity-Spadina riding on Friday, shoulder to shoulder with a lot of frustrated transit riders.
She said it’s time for the Conservative government to show some leadership.
“In my books I’m not sure that we need 65 fighter jets and I’m not sure we need the senate. The senate itself costs $90-million a year and I know how many streetcars and buses we can purchase with $90-million a year,” she said.
Chow wants the government to include a long-term infrastructure plan in the budget to shorten commute times and fix the country’s crumbling roads and bridges, like the Gardiner Expressway.
She said the current programs aren’t working.