February 15th, 2023 - 8:20pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 15, 2023
MASSE DEMANDS THE FEDS DELIVER ON COMMITMENTS TO PROTECT LOCAL TAXPAYERS AND PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE FOR CITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS TO PREVENT FLOODING
Masse asked the government to pay their 40 percent during Question Period in House of Commons
(OTTAWA) – Today, Brian Masse’s MP (Windsor West), during Question Period in the House of Commons (HOC), demanded that the federal liberal government live up to its commitment to provide 40 percent of the funding from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaption Fund for infrastructure projects already underway, and agreed to 2018, to address the impacts from climate change such as the devasting residential flooding that has taken place. The City of Windsor revealed this week that the federal contribution has dropped to just above 20 percent. This shortfall will leave city taxpayers in a precarious situation of having to come up with an additional $ 86 million.
“The City of Windsor and the federal government partnered to address climate change and pollution by tackling devasting flooding under the Disaster Mitigation and Adaption fund by agreeing to a 60 to 40 percent cost share.
With rampant global inflation, construction costs have escalated, and now the Liberal’s are using this as an opportunity to squeeze the partnership and jeopardize important work by cutting their contribution to 20 percent. For all the Liberal bluster on fighting climate change, you’d think they have some shame.
Windsor residents need action on the climate change emergency, not just patronizing lip service. When will this government stop backtracking and live up to their word,” Masse stated.
The video of question and answer can be viewed here: