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Rural leader calls for permanent infrastructure fund

Municipal leaders in rural Ontario are keeping a close eye on the election campaign in the hopes that it addresses one of their main concerns.

That concern is securing a permanent fund for costly infrastructure projects that they cannot afford with their small tax base.

The Liberal government had set the stage for that fund - but it was quashed along with the budget, but Russell Township Mayor J.P. St. Pierre said they hope the idea isn't forgotten.

"[We want a] permanent infrastructure fund for all municipalities, so that we can try to move our agendas forward ... so we're certainly hoping that is part of the discussions," he said.

Other key issues for St. Pierre's area include health care, daycare programs and the rising cost of the Ontario Provincial Police.

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