Big city mayors in Canada have gathered in Ottawa for a forum to talk about issues like transit, housing and illegal drugs on Canada’s streets.
Regina Mayor Michael Fougere is in Ottawa for the meetings.
He says public transit is a crucial issue for Canada’s cities and he intends to stress the importance of receiving federal transfer money to provide dependable transit for Regina.
“Different cities have different levels of importance for infrastructure, and I can talk about transit being one of them,” says Fougere.
“Transit in Regina is very different from transit in Vancouver or Toronto. But we share the need to provide transfers to deliver sustainable transit in our cities.”
Fougere says there is a national housing strategy which is being formulated in Ottawa and stresses it’s important Regina has some input.
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Fougere says the city could never hope to fund all its infrastructure projects by property taxes alone.
The mayor says it’s anticipated Ottawa will provide billions of dollars of transfer payments over the next several years.
Regina’s mayor says the second-phase of the federal transfers of infrastructure is being discussed and formulated by the federal government and he wants the city of Regina to have a say in this matter.