06/07/2000

Toronto, ON., June 7, 2000. Since the tragic events of Brockton (Walkerton), there has been much discussion about assigning the blame. Rather than contribute to this, AMO has remained focused on finding solutions.

It is time we moved forward on fixing our infrastructure.  It is widely acknowledged that our public infrastructure is deteriorating at an alarming rate.  In Ontario, it is estimated that the cost to fix our sewer, water, roads and bridges is $21.1 billion.  "We have a responsibility as a society to deal with the infrastructure deficit. It cannot be resolved overnight, nor can it be fixed by one order of government, we must work together on the solution," said Power. 

The public expects all governments to work together.  AMO has called on both Premier Harris and Prime Minister Chretien to immediately move forward on a cooperative approach to a new and properly funded federal/provincial/municipal infrastructure program. 

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 95 per cent of Ontario's population. The mandate of AMO is to promote, support and enhance strong and effective municipal government in Ontario.

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