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PM meeting with a Toronto mayor for first time in 18 years

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Jan 13th, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making history in Toronto on Wednesday with a visit to City Hall – the first such stop by a sitting prime minister since the city’s amalgamation in 1998.

Trudeau will be meeting with Mayor John Tory during the lunch hour.

The first item on their agenda is a photo-op next to the skating rink at Nathan Phillips Square at 12:10 p.m. before a private sit-down where they’re expected to discuss issues like transit, housing and Syrian refugees.

“Investing in Toronto is the best thing Justin Trudeau can do to build the economy, help people and fight climate change,” Tory said in a tweet posted ahead of Trudeau’s visit.

During the 2015 federal election campaign, Trudeau committed $2.6 billion in federal funds for Tory’s SmartTrack plan.

Tory has already met with Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi, as well as the Toronto Liberal MPs.

At around 1 p.m., the two leaders will hold a joint news conference in the City Hall rotunda.

Trudeau’s visit to Toronto will begin with a tour of the MaRS Discovery District. The 9 a.m. announcement will focus on a life sciences and manufacturing initiative.


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