Mayor to Martin: "Do the right thing"|
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Mayor Mel Lastman will travel to Ottawa today to meet with Federal Finance
Minister Paul Martin and challenge him to "do the right thing" for the City of
The Mayor said he will be pushing Martin for:
- Speedy access to federal
infrastructure money already earmarked for Toronto for projects like the Opera
- A commitment from the Finance Minister for $100 million in in-year
funding for the Toronto Transit Commission.
"We've been working hard on these two issues and I believe that with Mr.
Martin's help, we can make them happen," Lastman said.
The meeting between Martin, Lastman and the mayors of other major Canadian
cities will also focus on the need for:
- Long-term, sustainable transit
funding for the country's major urban centres.
- A fair allotment of funds from the new federal infrastructure program for
Canada's large cities
"Large cities need stronger support from the Federal Government," Lastman said.
"I hope today is the beginning of a new relationship."
|Jim Warren, Mayor's Office|