06/13/2003

Toronto, ON., June 13, 2003. Disappointed by Premier Ernie Eves’ refusal to join AMO to conduct an independent review of the state of municipal finances, AMO President Ken Boshcoff announced today that AMO would proceed with its own review with or without the Province’s support.

 “How can we properly determine what tax measures may be required without clearly understanding the current financial condition of the municipal sector?” said Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, chair of the Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO). “If a review of education finance made sense for the Province last year, why doesn’t a review of municipal finance make sense now? Before any referendum legislation is put into place, the Province needs to do its homework,” she added. 

In response to LUMCO’s recent resolution requesting the Province and AMO conduct an independent review, Premier Eves stated that he could not support an approach that “would undermine and compromise the role of the elected members of the Ontario Legislature.” 

“Perhaps, Premier Eves fears the outcome of such a process,” said Mayor McCallion.   “Wouldn’t the legislative process benefit from such a review?” 

Boshcoff called upon the Premier to re-consider and join AMO in this independent financial review. 

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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