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February 3, 2004

When Paul Martin took office as Prime Minister
in February 2004 he pledged to develop a â
€œnew deal for citiesâ€� that would endow
them with more resources. He also hinted at the
possibility of consulting mayors in the budget
process. In the 2004-2005 budget there was a
plan for a 10-year rebate on the GST that would
give the cities CDN$7 billion. Funding for
municipal infrastructure was also included, as
well as money for specific programs such
language training for immigrants, support for
urban Aboriginals, clean up of federal
contaminated areas, development of
environmental technologies, and support for
voluntary sector organizations.  Because cities
are under the jurisdiction of provincial
governments, Paul Martin also appointed an
adviser on cities to deal with the municipalitiesâ
€™ demand of CND$60 billion for infrastructure

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