Davenport MPP Jonah Schein tabled a private member’s bill in the Ontario Legislature on Thursday May 3rd. The bill amends the Metrolinx Act of 2006 and passed its first reading (this is a formality – the hard part is yet to come). The bill’s wording is interesting as well as brief:
Bill 83 2012
An Act to amend the Metrolinx Act, 2006
Note: This Act amends the Metrolinx Act, 2006. For the legislative history of the Act, see the Table of Consolidated Public Statutes – Detailed Legislative History at www.e-Laws.gov.on.ca.
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
1. The Metrolinx Act, 2006 is amended by adding the following section:
Passenger railway to airport
5.1 The Corporation shall ensure that any passenger railway system established between downtown Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport is not powered by diesel fuel.
2. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.
3. The short title of this Act is the Metrolinx Amendment Act, 2012.
Instead of asking for electrification, the bill asks that the Airport Link is not powered by diesel fuel.
As mentioned above, the next stage of the bill is the hard part. In the second stage Jonah Schein will be allowed to speak to the bill for up to ten minutes and then time is given for other parties to respond. Unless the bill passes its second reading unanimously, it will be referred to the ‘Committee of the Whole House’ where the bill is discussed more informally in the legislature and where it can be modified.