Barrett supports Hudak’s revival of mid-pen corridor

For Immediate Release:
August 5, 2010

Simcoe – Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett agrees with Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak who has said that the time for a new highway corridor through Niagara and Hamilton is now.

“I supported this Mid-Peninsula Highway under previous PC Premiers Mike Harris and Ernie Eves. Then Haldimand County was growing at a rate that surpassed Brantford, London and St.Catharines,” Barrett said. “Today, more than ever, Haldimand County deserves to benefit from this new corridor.”

The Mid-Peninsula Highway has been part of Ontario Ministry of Transportation planning as far back as the 1950s. It was revived in the early 1990s to relieve traffic congestion along the QEW. The governments of PC Premiers Mike Harris and Ernie Eves planned to fast-track the highway’s construction, but the project was delayed when Dalton McGuinty became Premier in 2003. McGuinty re-initiated the environmental assessment that had already been completed by the previous governments.

“Years later I maintain that there is great economic potential here for Haldimand County, and certainly Caledonia, with a proposed highway corridor that would run between the town and the expanded Hamilton International Airport. It also helps remove future population pressure from the Niagara fruit belt,” Barrett said. “I look forward to pushing this initiative forward with PC Leader Tim Hudak.”

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For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at
(519) 428-0446 or (905)-765-8413, 1-800-903-8629