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Mayors looking for financial friendships with other levels of government

Mayors from Canada’s big cities – 22 of them – are preparing to knock on the doors of the federal and provincial governments.

The leaders are here in Toronto for the annual conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Toronto Mayor David Miller said all cities across the country need help to deal with the big issues such as affordable housing and transit.

He said if there’s money to blow on G20 then there’s money to invest.

“It’s no longer an excuse to say we don’t have the money because if they can blow a billion dollars on a 36-hour event, there is money in the federal and provincial treasury to build Transit City,” Miller said.

He said big cities need big big dollars to succeed and  with the stimulus cash slowly drying up.

Municipalities across the country will be looking for long-term financial agreements from both levels of government.

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