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Provinces call for more federal infrastructure cash

Ontario's Charles Sousa says the federal government should create a national infrastructure strategy.

December 15, 2014   by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — Finance ministers from Ontario and Quebec are urging the federal government to spend more on infrastructure.

Provincial and territorial finance ministers from across the country are in Ottawa today to meet federal counterpart Joe Oliver and discuss pressing issues such as infrastructure and the sliding price of oil.

Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao says Ottawa must invest more in transit, roads, bridges and the like – even if it has to borrow to pay for it.

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa says the federal government should create a national strategy on infrastructure.

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Over the weekend, Oliver said Ottawa will increase transfers to the provinces next year, bringing the total to $67.9 billion.

He says 20 cents out of every tax dollar paid to the federal government in 2015-16 will be transferred to provinces and territories.

© 2014 The Canadian Press


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