TTC chair Karen Stintz at Wednesday’s city council meeting on transit (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun)
Here’s a rundown of some of the comments councillors made during Wednesday’s transit debate:
“Do you normally build a subway to service gas stations?”
TTC chair Karen Stintz makes a point when she asks TTC staff about the lack of development at Warden and Sheppard (and therefore the lack of need for a subway).
“We are in a quagmire.”
Budget Chief Mike Del Grande on the city’s transit funding problem.
“We have a serious decision and it is going to be up to the council to determine again if we are going to ‘St. Clair-ize’ this whole city.”
Councillor Doug Ford evokes the St. Clair streetcar right of way to make his point.
“Adam, could you shut up for one minute?”
Councillor Doug Ford pausing in the middle of his speech to ask Councillor Adam Vaughan to be quiet.
“I don’t like taxes but there is no other way to run the system.”
Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday on a parking levy to fund transit.
“I’m as fiscally conservative as anyone, you need to have the money but you also need to have good plans, the two have to come together.”
Councillor Joe Mihevc on why he doesn’t support the subway funding plan floated by Scarborough councillors
“I feel in my gut that we must have a subway network as the foundation of economic growth in the City of Toronto.”
Councillor Norm Kelly on building subways.
“We don’t have LRT vehicles in the city of Toronto but dammit we are going to bring them here today with this vote and you know what LRTs are sleek, beautiful, powerful, reliable machines.”
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker making the case for LRTs.
“I have never seen councillors so confused as they are today.”
Speaker Frances Nunziata tells council.
“Imagine where we’ll be 100 years from now … maybe you will all have your own personal little flying machines.”
Councillor Anthony Perruzza making the case for LRTs to Toronto councillors.
“Speaker, I would like the court jester to answer that question.”
Councillor Anthony Perruzza demanding Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti answer his question.