Municipalities voice concern over budget cuts

The organization representing Canada’s municipalities is trying to get out in front of the issue of potential budget cuts, insisting that a ballooning federal deficit must not be made up on the backs of cities and towns.

The concerns come as lobbying groups and organizations get accustomed to a deficit the government announced last week would hit $50-billion this year – $16-billion more than previously predicted.

Jean Perrault, president of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, told The Globe and Mail in an interview Wednesday that the shortfall was leading to increasing concerns that Ottawa would cut spending on municipalities.
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