Toronto Mayor David Miller comments on federal Throne Speech



    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - "I was encouraged to hear recognition of the
need for investment in public transit as that is something I have been calling
for," said Mayor David Miller. "I look forward to seeing more details on this
important issue. It's important for Toronto and it's important for the
environment.
    "I was also glad to hear that a bill strengthening the laws related to
gun crime will be re-introduced. I was proud to stand with the Prime Minister
when he first proposed the legislation that called for reverse onus bail for
those charged with gun crimes. I hope to see that become a reality.
    "After this government's first Throne Speech, I was optimistic that when
they specifically talked about cities they fully understood, and were even
committed to righting the historical wrongs that have left cities without the
ability to enhance or simply maintain their infrastructure.
    "However, this evening's speech indicates that they seem to have had a
change of heart and I find that extremely disappointing.
    "It's clear from this Throne Speech that this government doesn't view the
future health and sustainability of Canada's cities as a top priority. They
should be re-investing their surpluses in the places where people live and in
places where options for revenue is limited to property taxes. Instead of
using their surplus to cut taxes, they should be dedicating the equivalent of
one cent of the federal sales tax collected in cities, to cities. If there's
room to cut, there's room to share."

    
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For further information: Stuart Green, Office of Mayor Miller, (416)
338-7119


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