09/27/2001

Toronto, September 27, 2001 - Today's announcement by Ontario's Premier will see the provincial government restore its role in financing public transit.
This is a bold and welcomed move.  AMO believes that today's significant investment in transit is the beginning of a long-term financial strategy to support municipal infrastructure B a position AMO has strongly advocated for on behalf of municipal government. 

"Moving people and goods is critical to our shared interests in a strong Ontario economy. I am pleased that the Province has listened to us and has acted," said Ann Mulvale, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. "I trust that the federal government will join with the Province and Ontario municipalities in this partnership because we have a unique opportunity to demonstrate clear and effective leadership.  I have written the Federal Government today to seek their participation." 

In addition to today's ten-year commitment for financial investment in Ontario=s transit systems, the Premier indicated that a broader transportation strategy will be forthcoming. Helping municipalities with their road and bridge infrastructure is also critical to supporting the movement of goods and people and our economic growth. 

"The Province's enunciation of its financial support and planning strategy is a good step toward the realization of a sustained and predictable infrastructure partnership among all orders of government," said Mulvale, "And clearly the municipal tax payer will benefit from locally derived transit solutions."

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 98 per cent of Ontario's population.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada's political system.

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