Ontario Liberals Promise Fare Reduction In Bid to Attack Ford
The Ontario Liberals say that if they form government after the June 2 election, they would make all public transit fares $1 for Ontarians until 2024.
The party says the fare reduction would apply to "every transit system in Ontario," including all municipal services, as well as GO Transit and Ontario Northland.
The Liberals have labelled their plan "buck-a-ride," parodying Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford's 2018 platform to offer "buck-a-beer."
In a news release, the Liberals say the proposal would cost about $710 million in 2022/2023 and roughly $1.1 billion in 2023/2024, and that the government would replace all lost revenue to transit services.
"Ontario is gripped by an affordability crisis and families expect their government to act," says Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca in the release.
"Our plan will provide families with immediate relief within the first 100 days of being elected, by slashing the price of transit to a buck-a-ride."