The Clean Train Coalition is launching a new campaign to pressure politicians into taking a stand on the electrification of GO Transit.
The coalition has been very successful in the past. Pressure from it and other community groups forced GO Transit to make many expensive concessions along the planned Georgetown expansion. The Coalition is co-chaired by the NDP candidate for York-South Weston, Mike Sullivan.
The new campaign will ask local politicians from all levels to take a pledge to “call on Premier Dalton McGuinty to direct Metrolinx to electrify the Georgetown Corridor”.
This pledge campaign coincides with a vulnerable time for many politicians: the provincial and civic elections will both be this autumn. Politicians who refuse to take the pledge will look rather foolish when more expensive and expansive promises are falling like so many leaves from the trees.
The coalition says, though, and rather implausibly, that the pledge is meant to coincide with a City Council meeting on Tuesday.