How about tolls on our highways?

If the highways to Fort McMurray, Cold Lake and QE2 between Edmonton and Calgary are dangerous today, what are they going to be like in a few short years?

If the highways to Fort McMurray, Cold Lake and QE2 between Edmonton and Calgary are dangerous today, what are they going to be like in a few short years?

Maybe we should build them anyway before more people give up their lives because of bad budget (important life, death or injury) decisions.

We can’t seem to manage the billions we get from oil revenue.

It kind of makes you wonder how most of the other provinces in Canada seem able to build roads and bridges without oil revenue.

I don’t think a provincial sales tax is the answer but how about putting a toll on these highways and remove the toll when the highway is paid for?

Does the Coquihalla ring a bell to anyone? This was a very expensive highway but B.C. removed the toll when the highway was paid for.

Call it a toll or call it a tax but it only cost the people who drive on them — a sales tax costs every purchase you make and guess what? It will never ever go away and it cost the poor just as much as the rich.

If you drive on any of these highways, you know dangerous they are and if you have lost a loved one, the cost is immeasurable.

Leo Leonard

Red Deer