As always, the Liberal Party was quick to slam the hidden agenda.
A Conservative government would offer tax rebates to Canadians who use public transportation, party leader Stephen Harper will announce at a national caucus meeting in Toronto this week.
Details of the plan have not been made public, but Mr. Harper is expected to lay out a plan allowing those who use buses, trains and other public transportation to claim the expense on their taxes, party insiders say.
The party's finance critic, Alberta MP Monte Solberg, met with Toronto Mayor David Miller recently to discuss the proposal, which Conservatives hope will increase their popularity in the Greater Toronto Area.
''The plan is to be announced this week, the reason it was brought up at that meeting was just to give [Mayor Miller] a heads up,'' a Conservative party spokesman said yesterday.
Scott Reid, communications chief for Prime Minister Paul Martin, said he would not discuss the idea of transit rebates until it was officially unveiled by the Conservatives.That sounds super.
Anyway, I do have my hopes up and I hope I'm not disappointed.
From a personal perspective, my family pays $500/month or $6,000/year to commute to and from work - while we leave the car, we barely drive, in the commuter train lot. That's two monthly train passes and one roll of subway tokens per month. On more than one occasion, I've thought about sitting down, and doing the math of whether or not it would be cheaper to drive in.