On July 27, 2011, Toronto's ATU Local 113 President Bob Kinnear makes a deputation to the City Council Executive Committee concerning proposed service cuts to the Toronto Transit Commission and is highly critical of Mayor Ford unwillingness to meet with the union and demands that Ford deal with the massive Toronto taxpayer subsidies of out-of-towners who regularly take the TTC.
Narrated by Canadian actor Eric Peterson, (Street Legal, Corner Gas, Billy Bishop) this video shows how privatization of public transit around the world has been a disaster for taxpayers and riders. In Part 1 of this compelling video, we learn of some of these disasters and why Toronto should avoid TTC 'public private partnerships.' Click here for part 2. Produced by Bill Reno for ATU Local 113.
During the 2010 Toronto municipal election, most mayoral candidates and many Council candidates were calling for some degree of privatization of the Toronto Transit Commission. ATU Local 113 mounted a major public awareness campaign showing the dangers of privatization, as experienced around the world. See also Keep TTC Public video.