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Trudeau vows to focus on transit, green infrastructure for municipalities

Last Updated Jan 28, 2019 at 9:39 am PDT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at start of the Big City Mayors' caucus on Jan. 28, 2019. (Photo by Cormac MacSweeney)

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The prime minister is vowing to continue investments and cooperation with Canada’s big cities.

Speaking at with the big city mayors at their meeting in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau says he is focused on the needs of municipalities, especially when it comes to infrastructure.

“To transit, to green infrastructure, we have a lot of great investments — some that have been launched already, some that are poised to be announced,” he said.

“Investing in infrastructure in our big cities is one of the best ways to create jobs in the short-term, but also meaningful growth and support for our citizens in the long-term.”

Trudeau says despite the changing relationship with provinces, he remains committed to helping Canada’s largest cities.

“We’re going to make sure that the needs of your growing cities are met by the kinds of investments that will make Canada better, stronger and more successful in the coming years.”

The prime minister has been criticized for how slowly federal money has moved for big civic construction projects, despite a Liberal plan to spend more than $185 billion on them over 12 years.

Trudeau argues his Liberal government has made significant investments in cities and communities in areas like housing, transit and green infrastructure since coming to power in 2015.

Vancouver mayor Kennedy Stewart is expected to sit down with Trudeau to discuss SkyTrain to UBC.

Mayors are looking for additional funding from the feds on affordable housing and shelters for the influx of refugees. They will also be giving the finance minister their wish list, ahead of the spring budget.