MPP Fullerton views AMO Conference “Extremely Successful”

Published on August 21, 2019

Reflections and photos from AMO meetings and events 

August 21, 2019 – The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Annual Conference wrapped up in Ottawa today and local Kanata-Carleton MPP Merrilee Fullerton is reflecting positively on the discussions that took place over the last four days. Elected municipal representatives had more than 900 formal meetings with their provincial counterparts -- and there were thousands of “corridor conversations” on a full range of issues affecting Ontarians.

Dr. Merrilee Fullerton met with Ottawa area delegations and also conferred with many health care and long-term care representatives who were looking to discuss specific health matters related to the MPPs ministerial portfolio. Fullerton’s schedule included meetings with the City of Ottawa delegation led by Mayor Jim Watson, with the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus to discuss issues in the region’s rural municipalities, and her participation on the panel at the Ontario Ministers’ Forum.

“This AMO Conference was extremely successful in bringing together mayors and councillors, municipal officials, and provincial organizations,” says Dr. Fullerton. “I had many helpful discussions with local community leaders and more than 30 meetings to discuss health care and long-term care matters. I am looking forward to following-up on these discussions and to working closely with City of Ottawa officials and municipal leaders across the province.”

Ontario Premier Doug Ford was the keynote speaker at the AMO Conference. Premier Ford stated in his address: “Our government’s relationship with our municipalities is incredibly important to me… That’s why our government is committed to building strong, local partnerships with our municipalities. And that starts with working with municipalities to make historic, strategic and local investments in our schools, hospitals, transit, highways, and other critical infrastructure.”

Premier Ford spoke of the Province’s plan over the next 10 years to invest $144 billion dollars in local projects across the province, which includes over $90 billion alone in public transit and provincial highways. He also related to the municipal leaders that the Province has forwarded 350 projects to the federal government for key investments in transit, schools and hospitals. These projects include:

  • 201 transit projects -- outside of the GTA
  • 144 road and bridge projects for rural and northern Ontario communities
  • $17 billion to build and renovate our hospitals
  • $13 billion to build new schools, and $1.4 billion to fix existing ones
  • $315 million to improve and expand Internet and cell service into more rural and remote communities

MPP Fullerton highlighted two recent Ontario Government announcements in Ottawa. “The announcement yesterday of the new Orleans Health Hub and the recent support for Phase 2 of the LRT are two indications of the Government’s focus to deliver the required services that residents in our growing City of Ottawa need. We face many challenges and we are doing so with significant pressures on our financial capabilities. However, my colleagues at Queen’s Park and I will work with our municipal leaders to ensure Ottawa remains an attractive place to live.”

Photos from the last four days of AMO meetings and events.

Meeting with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and a delegation of Ottawa City Councillors 

My colleague Min. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

meeting with Ottawa Mayor and Council delegation

 Meeting Picture with the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucus

Two (above and below) of the many delegations

who met to discuss health care and long-term care  

Met throughout the conference with Kanata South City Councillor Allan Hubley

(great corridor conversations!!) 

Participating in the panel of the Ontario Ministers' Forum 

Premier Doug Ford addresses the AMO Conference 

With Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark  

With Education Minister Stephen Lecce 

With MPP colleagues at a Sunday welcoming reception

 

 

Media Contact for Merrilee Fullerton, MPP:

Tiffany Lepack                           613-599-3000

Constituency Assistant            merrilee.fullerton@pc.ola.org