Give us more money.

From today’s National Post, Canada’s mayors are calling for a ‘new partnership’:

Canada’s big city mayors are calling for "a new partnership" between all levels of government, so municipalities don’t have to continuously ask for more funding to deliver services and meet infrastructure needs.

As the article notes, this is just code for a more one-sided partnership:

The mayors were light on specifics, pointing instead to areas of unified concern like transit, and a national affordable housing strategy.

Toronto Mayor David Miller said there is already evidence in place of partnerships that work, like the federal gas tax transfer, the GST rebate and stimulus spending through the Building Canada Fund, the latter of which has created jobs and softened the blow of the recession.

This just boils down to "Give us more money".

Which they will then fritter away until a year or so from now when they go back, hat in hand, for more money for the very same things they promised to do last time but didn’t.

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