City of Ottawa Questionnaire

1. The Ottawa River Action Plan (ORAP) has been partially implemented. Phase
III remains to be completed. This Phase will see the construction of large
holding tanks that will prevent sewage overflows into the Ottawa River. The cost
of this Phase is estimated to be approximately $195 million. The funding for this
Phase of the project will be supplied by all three levels of government on an
equal basis, as with the first two phases.

Does your political party agree that the Province of Ontario should
provide its 1/3 share of the funding ($65 million) to complete the
ORAP?

Yes__√_ No_____

2. Stage 2 of Ottawa’ public transportation system expansion is a project vital to
the future needs of the City of Ottawa. This plan will add 35 kilometres of new
rail and 19 new stations in the east, west and south of Ottawa. Like the
Confederation Line, Stage 2 will be shared-cost program with all three levels of
government participating. Total cost is estimated to be approximately $975
million for each level of government.

Does you political party agree that the Province of Ontario should
provide its 1/3 share to help finance the Stage2 LRT project?

Yes___√ _ No____

3. The Federal Government and the Province are working towards a new
Affordable Housing Framework Agreement. This will be a shared cost program.

Does your political party agree that the Province of Ontario should
provide their share of this program?

Yes___√ _ No ____







4. The Province of Ontario began “uploading” approximately $1.5 billion in social
services costs in 2008 following the signing of the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal
Service Delivery Review Agreement between the Association of Municipalities of
Ontario and the Provincial Government. The program of “uploading” will not be
fully completed until 2018 and will also include the uploading of certain police
service costs.

Does your political party agree that the Province of Ontario should
complete the implementation of the 2008 Agreement on the agreed
upon schedule as planned?

Yes__√ __ No____

5. Municipalities can no longer afford the status quo of the Interest Arbitration
system. Decisions are being rendered in a manner that ignores the efforts of
municipally elected officials to properly control the finances of their communities.
Municipal ratepayers can no longer afford the continuing upward spiral in salaries
that caused by a system based on “me tooism”. The system is broken and
needs to be fixed.

Does your political party agree that the Province of Ontario should,
within six months of assuming office, implement a plan to repair the
broken Interest Arbitration process?

Yes___ No___

Ontario Liberals recognize the importance of collective bargaining, and of the
interest arbitration system where there is no right to strike. We know that
arbitration is rarely used and we believe that the best and most sustainable
agreements are achieved at the bargaining table. We’re proud that our
government brought AMO, firefighter, and police negotiators together for
independently facilitated sessions with a well-respected mediator to find common
ground in improvements for the system. We believe that solutions to which all
sides can agree are the way forward. For example, we believe that we can work
towards a compromise to require that arbitration decisions are timely and
provide detailed reasons, so that your members don’t have to wait for results
and so that we can all understand why decisions have been made.





Ontario Liberals introduced technical reforms to the system in 2012 that would
have ensured timeliness, transparency, and accountability. Unfortunately, those
reforms were defeated by the NDP and the PCs for perceived short-term political
gain. The PC plan to reform arbitration would lead to lengthy and unsuccessful
court battles, leaving municipalities in an extended state of massive cost
uncertainty, followed by a huge bill to pay for years of back wages.
Any changes to the system must be acceptable to all sides, and must be
constitutional – unlike, we believe, those proposed by the PC Party. We are
committed to a balanced and fair system for both municipalities and first
responders.