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Budget priorities from Metro newsrooms across the nation

Like Christmas morning, many people across Nova Scotia will be waking up today hoping for tons of new loot.

Halifax

Like Christmas morning, many people across Nova Scotia will be waking up today hoping for tons of new loot.

Nova Scotia Premier Rodney MacDonald is looking for green stimulus funds, but said some new projects, like twinning highways, need to be done. MacDonald also listed education, the Atlantic Gateway and more employment insurance money as priorities.

Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly said he hopes the money is distributed such as gas tax funds are currently, which are the “quickest hit” for funding.

Ottawa

With the federal budget set to be tabled today, the mayor of Ottawa has new funding for the city’s infrastructure on his wish list.

Aimed at creating jobs and boosting the economy, yesterday’s announcement of $4 billion in new infrastructure spending by Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities John Baird will leave a lasting legacy on the city, Mayor Larry O’Brien said.

“The city of Ottawa needs to be in the best possible position to take advantage of this new funding from the federal government as soon as it becomes available,” said O’Brien.

Alberta

The mayors of Alberta’s two largest cities agree that today’s budget announcement must address municipal infrastructure in each city.

“Edmonton would benefit from more … infrastructure projects like expanding our LRT, finishing our overpasses … and building new recreation centres,” Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel said.

In Calgary, Dave Bronconnier agreed, saying, “infrastructure and housing. Those are the two priorities that will keep the economy moving.”

Meanwhile, Premier Ed Stelmach called for more support for “individual Albertans,” focusing on issues such as airport fees and the cost of credit card transactions to small businesses.

Vancouver

Social housing, transportation and sewage infrastructure top the wish list of B.C.’s largest cities.

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said he wants funding for new social housing units and money to accelerate the completion of a light-rail transit line to the University of B.C.

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts is hoping for sewage system upgrades and the improvement of a main avenue.

Premier Gordon Campbell said housing and highways are his priorities.

 
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