Mayor pleased with provincial budget

Mayor Jim Watson says Ottawa has two major wins in Monday's provincial budget including $64-million for the Ottawa River Action Plan and non-Toronto transit funding for which the city can apply.

He said the funding to clean up the river gives the city leverage to seek funding from the federal government.

"Two of the three partners are there and as I've said, I had a very good meeting with Minister Baird and he's certainly indicated that he will push to ensure that the Federal Government is at the table when our application goes in later this year," he said.

Watson is also confident Ottawa will get its share of the non-Toronto transit infrastructure funding.

Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa MacLeod, however, said the spending in this budget would mean either higher taxes or fewer services for Ontario's taxpayers.

"It is the same budget that is going to bring us economic hardship to the province," she said.

She added even though they're great community projects, now is not the time to increase spending.

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