Marco Mendicino, Liberal MP for the area and parliamentary secretary to the federal Minister of Infrastructure, told the Star in his own statement that the city can’t access federal funds unless the provincial government resubmits the community centre project and commits to a $14 million share “which it has sadly back-peddled on.”
That means the city is currently the only source of funds for the project, now in question.
“My support as the local MP is 100 per cent locked in and I am confident the federal government will fund its share,” said Mendicino, who is facing re-election in an upcoming federal election.
“In light of this latest summer spike in gun violence, which has hurt my riding — and Lawrence Heights in particular — far too much, I am calling on Premier Ford to act . . . Lives depend on it.”