1.11.01 - “[I]f the PC Party forms government the first priority of Durham Region PC MPPs will be to advocate strongly for the removal of the tolls from the 412 and 418 Highways, running North-South between the 401 and the 407”
In February 2022, Premier Doug Ford announced that the Progressive Conservatives were scrapping the tolls for both the 412 and 418 Highways. However, since it took almost a year after the election for a Durham Region PC MP to advocate the removal of these tolls in the Assembly, and almost the full term of the Ford government to finally implement the policy, this promise is considered only partially kept.
“Ontario will remove tolls on two Greater Toronto Area highways this spring in a move Premier Doug Ford says will help Ontarians financially after the hardships of the pandemic. Ford announced the changes to Highways 412 and 418 on Friday. The changes to the north-south Durham Region routes are to take effect on April 5.”
On December 5, 2019, Lorne Coe (a Progressive Conservative MPP for Durham Region) spoke in the Ontario Legislative Assembly about his support for the removal of tolls from the 412 and 418 Highways. By this time, MPPs from the official opposition had advocated for the removal of these tolls approximately ten times in the Assembly. Since it took over a year from the election for the Progressive Conservatives to advocate the removal of these tolls, the promise is considered broken.
“My fellow Durham MPPs and I have been long-time advocates for the removal of the tolls, or a reduction in toll rates, on these highway links. However, the Liberal tolls are difficult to reverse. Minor toll increases were cemented into the Liberal plan to build these highways and are part of their plan to toll these highways for the next 25 years. Speaker, the Minister of Transportation has directed ministry staff to conduct a study to examine the economic impact of tolls on Highway 412 and the future Highway 418, including their reduction or removal.”
“Subject to the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, the Corporation may make regulations designating as a toll highway; any highway, any extension to an existing highway, or any combination of a highway and such an extension, if the highway, extension or combination, as the case may be, is not being used as a highway on the effective date of any such regulation; any highway that is not a controlled-access highway that is rebuilt and designated as a controlled-access highway.”