Meets Ford-Watson: Francos, cannabis, and light rail to the menu

Rencontre Ford-Watson: Francos, cannabis et train léger au menu

The fate of Franco-Ontarians, the retail sales of cannabis, and the light rail are among the topics discussed during the meeting between the mayor of Ottawa and the prime minister, Doug Ford, on Monday in Toronto.

Jim Watson is one of the seven mayors in ontario who met with Mr. Ford.

The chief magistrate took the opportunity to discuss local issues. He has requested the prime minister to give municipalities the power to regulate the location of retail cannabis on their territory. The elected officials of Ottawa must decide if they opt for the model of retail sales through the private sector, next Thursday.

The cuts in the French services have been announced by the progressive conservative government came to the surface in the course of the conversation between the two politicians.

“It has also raised the concerns of the franco-ontarian community about recent changes to French-language services,” said Livia Belcea, press attaché to the mayor.

Mr. Watson took advantage of his meeting to provide an update on the progress of the work of the light rail and its commissioning which must take place before march 31, 2019.

While the city council is preparing to set a ceiling on the property tax for the budget of 2019, Jim Watson, has “implored” Mr. Ford not to delegate more responsibilities to municipalities.

He also asked the province to invest funds in the strategy to combat guns and gangs and that additional assistance be provided to residents who are affected by the tornadoes last fall.

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