Premier Ford Meets with Mayors to Grow the Economy and Deliver Better Services
Ontario’s Government for the People Renews Commitment to Municipal Partnerships
TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford met with Ontario mayors at Queen's Park today to discuss their shared priorities, such as improving transportation infrastructure, increasing the supply of housing to bring down costs and making sure that municipalities are open for business.
"Ontario has some fantastic mayors, and we have some great working relationships. Today, we strengthened those relationships," said Ford. "We're going to work together to get things done. We're going to build transit and infrastructure. We're going to make sure everyone can afford a place to call home. And we're going to show the world that Ontario is open for business."
In a series of meetings throughout the day, Premier Ford met with Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie; Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham; London Mayor Ed Holder; Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes; Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson; and Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.
During one-on-one meetings with each mayor, Premier Ford discussed upcoming plans for the private retail sale of cannabis and restated his commitment to public health, public safety and protecting Ontario's youth. He also discussed ways to deliver better services to the people of this province and get more money back in the taxpayer's pocket.
All leaders committed to meeting regularly to make progress on the issues that matter most to people across Ontario's municipalities.
"When it comes to Ontarians' day-to-day lives, municipalities make the most direct impact," said Ford. "Today, I had some great conversations with Ontario mayors about how to tackle the issues that people face every day. We're committed to working for the people and respecting the taxpayer."
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- There are 444 municipal governments in Ontario.
- Ontario’s Government for the People recently signed a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) committing to regular consultation on provincial legislation or regulations that have a significant impact on municipalities.