Several projects not on the mayor's original list were added to the funding package, including park improvements in wards represented by opposition councillors such as Denzil Minnan-Wong, John Parker and Case Ootes.Preceding the announcement, some of the councillors, including well-known Conservative Minnan-Wong flew to meetings in Ottawa on the subject:
The Todmorden Mills museum, in Ootes's ward, will get $1.2 million in upgrades not on the original list.
"I'm not going to make any apologies for using my relationships to get needed infrastructure for the city," said Minnan-Wong, who chatted with Flaherty and Baird before yesterday's announcement.
"I’ve had lunch with Minister Flaherty to talk about infrastructure projects,” Mr. Minnan-Wong said later. “I’m not going to apologize for going to Ottawa and trying to encourage them to fund projects in the city of Toronto and what I think are priorities for my ward.”Just in case you thought that because Toronto is a Liberal fortress the Harper Conservatives couldn't make any partisan hay out of the infrastructure funding. Which, Gerard Kennedy pointed out, was about $112 million short of what it should have been.
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