A New Relationship with the Federal Government

Trudeau.JPGI'm sure that many of you saw in the media that last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Toronto City Hall, the first visit of a sitting Prime Minster to City Hall since 1998. This marks the start of a new and stronger relationship between the City and the Federal Government with a strong emphasis on building more public transit and affordable housing. Some of you may also be aware that MP Adam Vaughan was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, a post that will focus on not only building relationships with Provincial governments, but also Municipal and First Nations governments.

Prior to the Prime Minister visiting City Hall, I joined Mayor Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle two weeks ago in an introductory meeting with Toronto Members of Parliament to discuss various City priorities and how both levels of government can work together to address challenges and opportunities. In December, TTC Chair Colle, Mayor Tory, and I also met with the new Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi. We had a great introductory meeting and discussion on next steps to ensure that federal funding flows to Toronto in a timely, responsible, and effective manner. These conversations are ongoing and work is being done behind the scenes to make this a reality. Sohi_Meeting.jpeg

I believe that in front of us, we have a great opportunity to deliver real results for Torontonians on the issues that will help us build a 21st century city where all residents can live, work, and play. We are expecting more details on how much money will come to Toronto for infrastructure projects in the federal budget, which is going to be released in the Spring. 

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