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October 7, 2002
Mayor's campaign for city-friendly government wins support in Halifax
  
Mayor Mel Lastman today announced other big-city mayors will be joining his
campaign to demand a new deal for cities in the next federal election.

"Support was overwhelming," said Lastman, who was in Halifax last Thursday and
Friday for the Big City Mayor's Caucus. "We don't need any more Red Book
promises; we need a government that will respond to the crisis we are all
facing with dollars."

Lastman said he and other mayors felt strongly that cities across Canada have
waited long enough for the federal government to provide funds for public
transit and social housing; money that has been promised repeatedly, but never
delivered.

"The story is the same from coast to coast - but nowhere is the crisis more
severe than in our Toronto," Lastman said.

"We want people to put party politics aside and vote only for a government that
will help Canada's cities. We need to talk directly to Ottawa; we need funds to
flow directly from Ottawa and we need the money to come with no strings
attached."


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