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Metrolinx: The Big Move. Mississauga on Transit Polls and Taxes, “Well, surprise, surprise…”

May 8th, 2013  

Comes a time when the best blogs just let the politicians do all the talking.

Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca on the fallacy of transit polls. May 2, 2007 General Committee video


Councillor Nando Iannicca, Mississauga General Committee, May 2, 2007

Coming back to your issue, one of the propositions was, “Should we spend more on public transit?”

Well, surprise, surprise. 99 percent cohort response. Who would say no? So it came back with 99 percent.

The legislators sat down. They said “The public spoke. We’ve got to do this.”

One of the smarter legislators said, “That’s easy. It’s a motherhood. Who’s gonna say no? Nobody knows what it costs. So we gotta go back and run the models, go back and tell the public what it costs.”

So they did that.

Came back and said, “Here’s what it’s going to cost. On your home, it’s a 20-billion dollar project for the city. On your home, it’s an extra $5,000.

They went and did surveys and the public said, “Hurry up and do it! Well then, the public’s chosen now what they want. They know what it costs. Let’s hurry up and implement it.”

The smartest legislator of all says, “I’m still not buying it.”

“Well, what do you mean? We had the referendum. They said, do it. We told them what it costs —they said hurry up and do it. It must be time to do it.”

“No, you still haven’t asked the right question. Follow me!”

Went into his constituency, went up to a door and knocked on the door and said, “Mr. Stevens.”


“I know you’ve said you want transit.”


“You know on your house it’s $10,000 more a year.”

“I’ll give you the cheque right now! Hurry up and go do it!”

“But I have just one last question.”

“What’s that?”

“Well, I see you’ve got four cars in the driveway. Are you going to get rid of a couple of them and take transit?”

Of course not!

“So why are you supporting it?”

“Cuz I want everyone else to do it so I can zip along.”

And we all do that to a degree…




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