With Mayor Brown and Councillor Cassidy taking a break from politics, one city councillor is hoping to get back on track at city hall.
Councillor Mo Salih wants to appoint two councillors to become the face of SHIFT, London’s rapid transit plan, as the city works to secure provincial and federal funding.
“This was something that allows us to continue to do that work, that allows us to continue to keep the focus on where we need to focus when we’re talking about transit, when we’re talking about trying to get hundreds of millions of dollars.”
Mayor Matt Brown and Councillor Maureen Cassidy had been acting as the face of London’s SHIFT proposal while the city worked to secure provincial and federal funding but both of them are now taking a step back from politics after admitting to an affair.
Salih’s motion will be voted on at city hall next week, he tells AM980 time is of the essence.
“We’ve seen all the cheques being cut, Ottawa was the recent that I’m aware of… I recognize that the province’s piggy bank isn’t as big and unlimited and I think we have to recognize as a municipality we need to be aggressive and pursue this portfolio. Summer’s coming, things’ll start to wind down and we need to make sure that we’re continuing having those conversations and so that those other levels of government know that we’re still engaged and that we’re taking it very seriously.”
London’s committed $129-million toward the $500-million project with the city depending on the province and Ottawa to cover the rest.