Published on June 13th, 2014 | by Jordan

How CAA is Preparing to Work with Ontario’s New Government

Today’s post comes to us care of Elliott Silverstein, Manager of Government Relations here at CAA South Central Ontario. Thanks Elliott!

In the days leading up to the June 12th provincial election, there was widespread speculation about the potential outcome.  Would Ontario experience its second consecutive minority, or would the votes result in a majority government?  The other question was which party would lead the province following the election.

These questions were answered during Ontario’s 41st general election, and Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberal Party won a majority of Ontario’s 107 seats at Queen’s Park.

With the government likely to unveil its budget in a matter of weeks, how do the election results impact CAA and the issues that we have advocated for at Queen’s Park?

As a non-partisan advocate for its Members, CAA is eager to work with the governing Liberal Party, and the opposition Progressive Conservatives and New Democratic parties during the next term.  CAA will continue its efforts with representatives of all three parties at Queen’s Park on behalf of its Members for increased safety on Ontario’s roads and better transportation infrastructure, among other issues.

Topics such as distracted driving, cycling safety, safe use of roundabouts, the regulation of the towing industry and amendments to the Slow Down, Move Over law to include tow trucks are priorities.  With a number of new and evolving issues like senior mobility and dedicated funding for transportation infrastructure, CAA is ready to advocate for its over two million Members in Ontario, and will actively participate in these upcoming discussions.

The Liberals’ election platform mirrored the provincial budget that was originally introduced in early May.  The Premier had committed to reintroduce this budget if victorious.  There are a number of items that are related to the success of our past efforts. For example, the budget committed to the introduction of dedicated funding for transportation projects – both for transit development in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), and for roads, bridges and transit in communities outside the GTHA.

It is likely that efforts to re-introduce demerit points and greater penalties for distracted driving infractions will take place at Queen’s Park in the near future.  While the bill introduced by then-Minister of Transportation Glen Murray earlier this year did not pass due to the election being called, we will be advocating for a re-introduction of this bill as soon as possible.

CAA has and will continue to highlight the importance of many issues on behalf our Members and the industries we are involved with and work with all three parties to help make Ontario’s roads.

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