Feds offering accelerated gas tax payments to municipalities

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at Rideau Cottage

The federal government said it will move up its gas-tax payment transfers to Canadian municipalities as an interim measure to help cities hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the weekend, protests-some violent-continued in numerous US cities following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after a white police officer placed his knee on his neck for nine minutes during an incident in Minneapolis.

"Obviously I support the rights of people to protest, to peacefully express their views and to speak out against things that they believe to be unjust, and I'll always support the rights of people to do that peacefully and in respect of law".

"Together, we will keep taking meaningful action to fight racism and discrimination in every form".

"For far too many Canadians, the images are all too familiar".

"It's a good-faith down payment nearly where what they're saying is they're going to advance some money that was already in the budget", Tory said in an interview with Global News. That includes journalists who do work on the front lines to expose the truth and tell stories we need to hear.

Speaking outside his Ottawa residence, Trudeau says the money can be used for construction projects to meet local infrastructure needs and put people to work. Asked about that request, Trudeau told reporter's the C$2.2 billion in funding was "a start" and the federal government was working with the provinces to find more ways to help.


Municipalities across Canada are getting a bit of a financial boost to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic. Mississauga is now looking at a deficit of close to $60 million. "We know there's more to be done to support municipalities and to support the entire reopening process".

Last month, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) said its data shows municipalities are facing a minimum of $10-15 billion in near-term, non-recoverable losses due to COVID-19.

Trudeau has previously suggested that provincial governments need to pick up some of the tab to help municipalities.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said the funding for municipalities is a "positive step" but falls short and isn't "exactly what cities need".

Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, says payments are being sped up so cities and towns have the resources they need for infrastructure projects.

Singh said Canadian police need more "de-escalation" training so routine police stops don't turn deadly for racialized Canadians. "That's why we are doing what we can unilaterally in advancing the money forward but we need to work with the provinces on this".

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