Ontario's Transportation Minister is defending winter road maintenance in the Northwest, despite continued concerns from residents over the condition of highways in this region.
Minister Glen Murray says he's excited about recent highway maintenance reforms, and insists that his ministry continues to improve standards for road conditions in the North.
That came in response to a question posed by MPP Sarah Campbell (NDP, Kenora) Tuesday afternoon at Queen's Park in Toronto. Campbell says ministry oversight of private contractors has diminished under the Liberal-led provincial government.
Last month, the MTO imposed penalties on several highway maintenance contractors for failing to meet winter maintenance standards.
Campbell said repeated invitations extended to Murray to visit problem highways himself have gone unanswered.
The exchange was in stark contrast to comments made by Murray earlier this month, when he publicly apologized to Northwestern Ontario residents for the state of the region's highways.
(Thunder Bay Television)