Daniella Johnson, the Liberal candidate in York-Simcoe for the upcoming federal election, has voiced her support for the Bradford bypass project in a letter addressed to Bradford West Gwillimbury Mayor Rob Keffer.
Earlier this month, Keffer penned a letter to all four York-Simcoe candidates — including Conservative incumbent Scot Davidson, Johnson, Michael Lotter from the People's Party, and NDP candidate Benjamin Jenkins — outlining the town's main concerns.
The list of priority projects included the building of the controversial Bradford bypass. Keffer asked each candidate for their support with the project and for any financial assistance that can be provided to expedite its construction.
"This transportation investment is critical to the economic vitality of Simcoe County and York Region," Keffer wrote.
In her response letter, Johnson said she understood the need to efficiently move traffic away from East Gwillimbury and Bradford’s residential neighbourhoods in order to relieve traffic congestion on local roads.
"The Bradford bypass has been on local and regional plans for decades, and the federal Liberal government affirmed earlier this year that the provincial processes that are underway should address any environmental concerns," she responded. "Those processes must continue so the project can move forward properly.
"Alongside historic investment in regional transit and our commitment to electric vehicles, a re-elected Liberal government will continue to support the infrastructure that is necessary to ensure people and goods — particularly agricultural products — can get where they need to go as efficiently as possible," Johnson added.
Her letter also addressed the mayor's request for support of the Holland Marsh Phosphorus Recycling Facility and revitalization of the town community centre.
She said the federal Liberals' $16 million in funding to support the $40-million recycling facility will help reduce phosphorous pollution in the Holland River and Lake Simcoe by up to 2.5 tonnes per year.
"I support this project wholeheartedly, and also want to highlight our proposed $1-billion fund to support restoration of large lakes such as Lake Simcoe," she said, adding the Liberals will also spend an additional $200 million in the Natural Infrastructure Fund to help fund community-led public greenspace projects, such as the proposed Holland River and Canal trail system.
The federal election will take place Sept. 20.