Wynne touts 'partnership' with Ont. municipalities

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne addresses delegates at the annual general meeting of the Association...

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne addresses delegates at the annual general meeting of the Association of Municipalities Ontario in London, Ont., on August 19, 2014. (DEREK RUTTAN/QMI Agency)

Dan Brown, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- The Ontario government is a friend to municipalities - that was Premier Kathleen Wynne's message in her keynote address Tuesday to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario at their meeting in London.

What was left unsaid is who the enemy is: the miserly Conservative federal government.

"It's going to come down to how we work together," she told the crowd of mayors, councillors and other municipal officials.

Her ostensible purpose here was to tout her government's Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, a 10-year program that comes with a $100-million annual price tag. It is targeted at helping replace worn-down public works in small, rural and northern communities.

"We're committed to investment that will grow our economy," Wynne said.

Earlier this month, Wynne called on the federal government to inject an additional $12 billion into the province's coffers to cover what she called an "infrastructure gap."


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