That, however, is likely not the intent of this move.
It seems clear the city is attempting to force the province's hand - the biggest cut is the closing of the Sheppard subway line at the beginning of 2008, well after this October's election. Conveniently leaving the door open for somebody to come in and save the TTC.
The Ontario Liberals have offered to pat Toronto on the head which should do electoral wonders in the city.
The Ontario Progressive Conservatives, however, have offered a real solution to municipalities [PDF] (proposed before this "crisis") based on two extremely simple premises:
- The province should pay for services in the provincial realm of responsibility.
- The city should pay for services in the municipal realm of responsibility.
This will allow municipalities to fund the priority services they need. It means too that the city needs to ultimately get its house in order, with a real vision and with real budgetary priorities on the city's true needs.
That's a better plan, in my view.