REGINA, Sask. — Finance Minister John Manley says he supports the idea of providing municipalities with a cut of federal fuel tax revenues for local transportation projects.
However, he adds provinces must first agree to the proposal, which was originally floated by former Finance Minister, Paul Martin.
“Provinces are not keen on having the federal government transfer money directly to the municipalities,” Manley said Tuesday while visiting Regina. “They’d rather be the conduit for that, so there is some work that needs to be done.”
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has lobbied the feds to provide urban governments with five cents per litre of fuel sold, with that money being used for road construction and repair.
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