May 30th, 2018

NDP to keep drivers safer on Highway 3

LEAMINGTON – After years of broken promises and drivers being put at risk, Andrea Horwath is the only leader fully committed to finishing the twinning of Highway 3 as part of her larger $180 billion commitment to improve infrastructure around the province.

Horwath committed Wednesday to complete the twinning on Bruce Crozier Way, an Ontario project that is critical for keeping people safer on drives between Leamington and Essex. New Democrats, like incumbent Essex MPP candidate Taras Natyshak, have been fighting for years to make this highway safer.

Municipal councils in the region have been pleading to make Highway 3 safer for several years as 60 per cent of crashes on the road are deemed to be critical.

“We’ve heard stories of parents telling their children not to drive on the two-lane portion of this road,” Horwath said. “Lives are being lost. Enough is enough.

“Families shouldn’t have to worry about their loved ones making it home from work. The NDP will make the important investment to fully twin this highway. Let’s get it done.”

Doug Ford has waffled on whether he would complete the twinning. First, the Conservative leader refused to commit to the project, even though there have been at least three crashes with serious injuries during this election campaign.

“Doug Ford’s scheme to cut $6 billion across the board to pay for a big tax giveaway to the richest people in Ontario will hurt,” Horwath said. “It’ll hurt health care, it’ll shut down rural schools and it’ll mean projects like twinning Bruce Crozier Way is out of the question.

“Doug Ford says he’s for the people, but his plan is for the rich.”