Ottawa Mayor Mark Sutcliffe made the trip to Queen's Park on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and met with senior cabinet ministers to discuss a variety of issues impacting the city of Ottawa.
Sucliffe, who was elected Ottawa's new mayor on Oct. 24, discussed a number of topics with provincial government officials including Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022, ongoing pandemic-related pressures and the impact of transit ridership, the Social Services Relief Fund, the need for recovery assistance resulting from the May 2022 storm, and the need to address zero level availability of paramedic services.
These meetings follow a discussion the mayor had with Ontario Premier Doug Ford in October and a meeting with finance minister Peter Bethlenfalvy last week.
“I am pleased with the open and productive nature of the conversations I had today with senior members of the Ford Government,” said Sutcliffe. “As I said during the election, it is important for all leaders to work together to deliver on the priorities of the residents of Ottawa," said ma This approach not only includes city council, but the provincial and federal governments as well.”
Mayor Sutcliffe met with Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Sylvia Jones, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, and Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Merrilee Fullerton.
“Working cooperatively with the provincial government is imperative to make Ottawa an even safer, more reliable, and more affordable place to live,” said Sutcliffe. “I will be following up with provincial ministers and the premier to ensure we meet our objectives and address our ongoing challenges in the city of Ottawa.”