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John Tory and Charles Sousa met in a joint news conference in Toronto on Monday to discuss priority needs of Toronto prior to the 2017 provincial budget, media reports said.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s rejection of Toronto's toll plan for the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway had strained Ontario Mayor John Tory's relation with the province.
Tory affirmed that this strained relationship could only be improved if the province agrees to collaborate with the city to look into the needs of Toronto comprising of nearly three million people.
Charles Sousa, Ontario's finance minister said that both the federal and provincial governments should contribute towards Toronto's needs.
Charles Sousa had tweeted, “Strong partnerships matter. Thanks to Mayor @JohnTory for sharing Toronto's priorities this morning as we prepare Ontario's 2017-18 Budget.”
Tory said that he was expecting additional funds for transit infrastructure from the federal government which should be matched by the province.
The mayor was concerned about the growth of the projects like the relief line, the Eglinton East LRT and the waterfront transit that been underinvested for decades.
Tory said that as far as social housing units were concerned the province should fund its share, which according to the mayor is $864 million dollars which could prevent shutting down of some housing units.
"So let me be very clear: Any closure of such units would be a direct result of the inaction of the other governments to partner with us in those repairs. Projects of that magnitude were never intended to be carried out by property taxes alone," Tory said, CBCNews reports said.
Sousa said, "just as Toronto requires support, the rest of the province of Ontario requires it too," and added an open dialogue to solve this acute problem should be called.
Tory said he planned to discuss the future of Toronto with leaders of all provincial political parties prior to the next provincial election.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Images of John Tory and Charles Sousa: Twitter