CK Mayor Keeping Eye On Federal Budget

(Left to right) Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall, Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope, and Wellington County Warden George Bridge at the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus meeting in Chatham February 12, 2016. (photo submitted)

The mayor of Chatham-Kent has a few things he’s looking for in Wednesday’s federal budget.

Randy Hope says infrastructure spending and funding for the Great Lakes are near the top of the list, but what’s really important to him is what Ottawa will do for working families.

The Great Lakes have become a hot topic lately after U.S. President Donald Trump promised to cut federal funding for their cleanup and restoration.

Hope says working families help spur the economy in Chatham-Kent.

“It’s so important we add comfort to those and make sure disposable income is there because with disposable income, people spend and when people spend it helps support the economy,” says Hope.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the budget will detail how the Liberals plan to “invest” in the middle class and adds more private-sector cash is needed to make those investments — especially when it comes to infrastructure.

Hope says infrastructure spending is needed for water and sewers and recreational facilities.

“People are talking about arenas and other things that are needed in the community of Chatham-Kent and what we can do around that,” Hope says.

Hope says he’ll keep an eye on innovation grants and investments to support local companies.

“You always look for those innovation funds or grants that are available to companies through innovation or advanced technology that’s being applied to some of the companies,” he says.