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October 17, 2007
Toronto Mayor David Miller comments on federal Throne Speech
The following was issued last evening via Canada NewsWire.

“I was encouraged to hear recognition of the need for investment in public transit as that is something I have been calling for,” said Mayor David Miller. “I look forward to seeing more details on this important issue. It’s important for Toronto and it’s important for the environment.

“I was also glad to hear that a bill strengthening the laws related to gun crime will be re-introduced. I was proud to stand with the Prime Minister when he first proposed the legislation that called for reverse onus bail for those charged with gun crimes. I hope to see that become a reality.

“After this government’s first Throne Speech, I was optimistic that when they specifically talked about cities they fully understood, and were even committed to righting the historical wrongs that have left cities without the ability to enhance or simply maintain their infrastructure.

“However, this evening’s speech indicates that they seem to have had a change of heart and I find that extremely disappointing.

“It’s clear from this Throne Speech that this government doesn’t view the future health and sustainability of Canada’s cities as a top priority. They should be re-investing their surpluses in the places where people live and in places where options for revenue is limited to property taxes. Instead of using their surplus to cut taxes, they should be dedicating the equivalent of one cent of the federal sales tax collected in cities, to cities. If there’s room to cut, there’s room to share.”

Media contact:
Stuart Green, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-7119



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