AMO Welcomes New Cabinet

    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - 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.

For further information:

For further information: Pat Vanini, AMO Executive Director, (416)
971-9856, ext. 316, or (416) 729-4394; Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, (416)

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