Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie met with Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford on Monday, where they talked jobs, affordable housing and transportation. What they did not talk about though, was the latest controversy involving Bill 66.
Guthrie was one of seven Ontario mayors that met with Ford Monday morning at Queen’s Park in what the government billed as a discussion of “shared priorities, such as growing the economy and delivering better, more efficient services.”
That apparently did not include Bill 66, the so-called Ontario Competitiveness Act. The bill has been greeted with much controversy because of fears it will undermine environmental safeguards and clean water protection. Many on social media, including a Guelph Politico reporter, asked Guthrie if he had brought up Bill 66 with Ford, but Guelph’s mayor said he did not.
London Mayor Ed Holder, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie were among the other mayors who met with Ford Monday.