The issue of funding public transit upgrades in the Toronto and Hamilton area has caused quite a stir.

The government recently announced that an HST increase and a gasoline tax increase are among the ideas being considered to pay for the project.

Jeff Leal is the Minister of Rural Affairs.

He wants to assure rural residents that they won’t be footing the bill:

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Leal says the government is looking at several options:

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Perth-Wellington MPP Randy PettapieceĀ isn’t so sure that rural residents won’t be paying for the project:

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Pettapiece believes there’s already plenty of money for infrastructure:

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A advisory panel delivered 20 recommendations to the Liberal government on ways to raise two million dollars per year to fund transit two weeks ago.