Coteau pledges a New Deal for Municipalities

Third-term MPP commits to broad-based municipal governance review

OTTAWA—Ontario Liberal leadership contender and MPP Michael Coteau released three commitments that represent a New Deal for Municipalities in advance of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) annual conference. 

In an open letter to the AMO president, Coteau committed to:

  1. A Fresh Relationship "that engages municipalities as equal partners, characterized by mutual respect, true consultation, openness and transparency."
  2. Reassessing "Who Does What?" moving beyond the current government's focus on "lines on a map" with "a clear-eyed examination and analysis of the provision of services by municipal governments, maturing beyond questions of uploading or downloading costs and instead focusing on the goal of putting local control back into local hands, where connection with and understanding of the needs of people and their local communities is strongest and most grounded in real-world experience." 
  3. Creating Charter Cities to "better reflect current reality and recognize and embrace the vectors of future trends to ensure that Ontario’s large urban municipalities are equipped to manage their continued growth and change."

"I am making these commitments at a crucial juncture for Ontario," said Coteau. "As our economy changes, and being mindful of the threats posed by the climate crisis, I believe we need to be bold and confident in our commitment to modernize Ontario’s governance and bring forward creative and innovative solutions that advance our shared goals of delivering for Ontario’s children and families.

"Ontario must welcome its municipalities to the table as equal partners with the province in seeking the way forward side-by-side. I propose these measures as a New Deal for Ontario’s Municipalities that affirms their status, capacities and responsibilities and recognizes the reality of their role in serving Ontarians today and in the future," he concluded.

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