Two highways, two viewpoints, one result

When all three local government representatives are basically ignored by the government in power, it’s no wonder the public is often skeptical of the political pro­cess.

That was the message frustrated Puslinch councillor Matthew Bulmer brought to council’s last meeting in August.

He was referring to the opposition of Puslinch council, MPP Ted Arnott, and MP Michael Chong to the proposed Brantford to Cambridge corridor study, as well as the support of all three for the long-awaited Highway 6 bypass around Morriston.

“When do the people and their local government representatives have a voice?” Bulmer asked.

He said despite the opposition of council, Arnott and Chong to any new highway that would pass through Pus­linch Township, the proposed “Highway 424” – as it has been dubbed by some – appears to be proceeding anyway.

And  while the same group has expressed its unwavering sup­port for the Highway 6 pro­ject, the province has dragged its feet on that road for dec­ades.

Mayor Brad Whitcombe noted the only thing that has been approved for the “424” is an environmental assessment, which is also apparently coming for the Highway 6 project.

Councillor Susan Fielding said correspondence with the Ministry of Transportation seems to indicate construction of the latter highway may be on the horizon.

“I’m still hopeful there will be something positive [about Highway 6],” said Fielding. “I won’t give up.”