10/30/2007

Toronto, Ont., October 30, 2007. Municipal experience has again found its way into Ontario’s Cabinet in a number of key positions, including the Honourable Jim Watson, the new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
“Jim Watson’s knowledge of and appreciation of the municipal order of government is a solid foundation for continuing the progress on a number of pressing municipal government needs,” said AMO President, Doug Reycraft.   “We look forward to working with Minister Watson over the coming months on the number one priority of municipal governments in Ontario: the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review”.

AMO also welcomed the appointment of the Honourable Dwight Duncan as Minister of Finance.

“We look forward to working with Finance Minister Dwight Duncan on completing the Review in February, in time for the 2008 provincial Budget,” said Reycraft.  “Minister Duncan’s appointment reaffirms Premier McGuinty’s commitment to creating a new and sustainable provincial-municipal fiscal relationship in Ontario”.

The appointment of a number of other former municipal officials to key Cabinet posts continues to demonstrate the Premier’s understanding that municipal governments have important interests and responsibilities in many policy and program delivery areas that fall under a number of different ministries, including services for children, labour, and environment.   
 
Reycraft said, “AMO is anxious to meet with the new Ministers and their Parliamentary Assistants.  We believe both orders of government, working together can strengthen our communities and our province.”  

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 445 municipal governments.  AMO supports 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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