Poll Shows Toronto Voters Split on Tolling, but City’s Leading Newspaper Is All-In

Toronto Star reports, “How polarizing is the idea of tolling Toronto’s roads? According to a new poll, the city’s electorate is split right down the middle on the issue. The poll by Forum Research Inc. was conducted on Thursday evening, hours after Mayor John Tory threw his support behind a controversial plan to implement road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. It found that 46 per cent of voters approve of road tolls, while 45 per cent disapprove. Nine per cent didn’t know.”

The Globe and Mail editorial board backs the plan and calls for more, writing, “Our only criticism of Mr. Tory’s plan is that it’s too modest. The city and province shouldn’t just toll the [Don Valley Parkway] and the Gardiner. They should toll the other highways, and privatize them.” (The Globe and Mail is widely considered the city’s and Canada’s “newspaper of record.”)