Eight of Ontario's most powerful land developers own thousands of acres of prime real estate near the proposed route of the controversial Highway 413. Four are connected to Doug Ford’s Conservative government, one of whom, John Di Poce employed the head of the Ontario Progressive fundraising campaign for several years. Associated with them is Caroline Mulroney, now Ontario transportation minister. The proposed 60-kilometre route will extend from near Milton looping around the greater Toronto area to Highway 400 north of Vaughan. The price tag could be anywhere between $6 billion to $10 billion, all to save drivers about 30 minutes. If built, it will raze 2,000 acres of farmland, cut across 85 waterways and pave 400 acres of protected? Greenbelt land in Vaughan. It will also disrupt 220 wetlands and the habitats of 10 species at risk, according to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.
At present the matter is under consideration, but nobody should be surprised if the deal goes through. Where money is to be made, since when do the capitalist class and their political stooges care about the environment.