Ford signs up for subway-unicorn brigade along with Commander Thomson

Ford signs up for subway-unicorn brigade along with Commander Thomson

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When Sarah Thomson proposed her ambitious subway plan, we were skeptical to say the least. Further analysis from John Lorinc was even less kind. It’s not that we don’t love subways. It’s just that the numbers don’t add up: subways are terribly expensive, Toronto can’t afford the cut-rate system its trying to build now and help from other levels of government keeps evaporating. So here we have a poorly thought out idea with a weak basis and hot-button potential. Which other mayoral candidate could possibly sign on?

Mayoral candidate Rob Ford says he would scrap the Transit City light rail plan in the absence of full funding from the province, and try to build subways instead.

Mr. Ford has always been against streetcars, and he said a vote for him would be a vote against expanding that mode of transit. “People want subways,” he said yesterday.

People also want low taxes, unicorns and the kind of ice cream you can eat all day and lose weight. Still, if this changes the channel so the mayor’s debate can discuss something other than bike lanes, we’re all for it—so good luck, candidates Ford and Thomson. Politics really does make strange bedfellows.

Shudder.

• Ford would derail Transit City [Toronto Sun]
• Scrap light rail plans, build subways instead, Ford says [National Post]