Coteau blasts Ford government’s ‘downloading’

August 23, 2019   ·   1 Comments

Ontario Liberal leadership contender Michael Coteau has blasted Premier Doug Ford’s planned cuts to Ontario municipalities. 

“Doug Ford’s heavy-handed approach to municipalities does not consider today’s realities and challenges they face. Municipalities need a new, modern deal with Ontario,” Mr. Coteau said.

“Ontario must welcome its municipalities to the table as equal partners with the province in seeking the way forward side-by-side. 

“This weekend, I proposed three measures as a New Deal for Ontario’s Municipalities that affirms their status, capacities and responsibilities and recognizes the reality of their role in serving Ontarians today and in the future.”

In an open letter to the president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) the MPP for Don Valley East called for “a fresh relationship that engages municipalities as equal partners, characterized by mutual respect, true consultation, openness and transparency.”

He proposed re-assessing “Who Does What?” moving beyond the current government’s focus on “lines on a map” with “a clear-eyed examination and analysis of the provision of services by municipal governments, maturing beyond questions of uploading or downloading costs and instead focusing on the goal of putting local control back into local hands, where connection with and understanding of the needs of people and their local communities is strongest and most grounded in real-world experience.” 


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  1. chekoz says:

    That’s what your riding and the province’s constituents gets for voting PC.

    Did you not interview the local PC MPP for response? I bet they declined to comment, or did not respond at all.
    I cannot believe this reporter did not interview MPP Sylvia Jones for a response.

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