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May 2, 2003
Mayor applauds PM for $100 million recovery package Thanks also goes to the U.S. Librarians
  
Toronto - Mayor Mel Lastman today thanked Prime Minister Jean Chretien for
hearing Toronto's calls for help.

The Prime Minister has pledged $100 million for the SARS recovery effort.

"Toronto asked - and Ottawa responded," said Lastman. "Combined with the $118
million pledged by Queen's Park and the $25 million advertising campaign,
Toronto is on the road to recovery. Thank you Mr. Prime Minister."

Lastman said Ottawa still needs to waive the taxes and fees for major airlines
offering deep discounted flights to Toronto in the weeks ahead. He also
reiterated his call for the provincial and federal governments to nix the
P.S.T. and G.S.T for the upcoming Victoria Day and the U.S. Memorial Day long
weekends.

Lastman also praised the American Library Association for keeping their
upcoming conference in Toronto, which will bring 25, 000 people and $50 million
to Toronto's economy.


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