This past April, I put a motion forward with Councillor McKenney to allocate $57 million of the federal gas tax funds to help close the infrastructure renewal gap. Gas taxes are paid by drivers filling up their vehicles. I believe federal gas taxes should be spent repairing our roads and infrastructure. It only makes sense. Up until now, this was not the case. Gas taxes were spent solely on transit. I’m happy to report that City staff are recommending that the $57 million, which I requested be spent on repairing Ottawa’s infrastructure, will be included as part of their budget recommendation to Council. This is a huge win for Ottawa’s drivers and taxpayers, and a significant change to the “business as usual” mindset of Staff and Councillors.
On July 10, 2019, Council had the opportunity to stand up for the residents of our Nations Capital, by revoking the Heritage Permit granted by the previous Council in 2018. Unfortunately, 13 Councillors followed the Mayor’s lead and voted against Councillor Fleury's motion. I am proud to say I voted with Councillor Fleury.
OC Transpo, Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa Public Health, Tourism Ottawa, and now our Paramedic Service. Each of these organizations has suddenly found out that provincial funding they counted on won’t materialize as the Provincial Government carries on with its deficit reduction plan.