Comment 35623

By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted November 20, 2009 at 12:12:14

Being Canadian has never been about "paying for what you use" or "getting what you pay for". Healthcare and education are the two biggest indicators of this. Everyone pays their share of taxes to fund healthcare and education, even if they don't use these services in any given year, or they use them little compared to those who are critically ill, or who may have 4-5 children in school.

I don't see why transit should be any different. Transit is a valuable public service. Like healthcare or education it benefits all of society, even the people who don't directly use it. We are all enriched by ensuring that public transit remains available.

That said, there will of course be complaints from places that get less service, like the suburbs, just as there are complaints from people who send their kids to private school that the shouldn't have to fund the public system (I disagree with taht argument too).

People have to realize just because you don't directly use a service doesn't mean it doesn't enrich those around you and the environment in which you live, indirectly.

No man is an island unto himself.

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