Windsor prepares for AMO Conference
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne looks on before making a climate change policy announcement at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (Mark Blinch / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Friday, August 12, 2016 5:32PM EDT
Windsor is preparing to play host to more than 1,700 municipal, provincial and federal politicians.
They will be attending the 117th annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference, beginning on Sunday. The meeting is described as the largest municipal conference in the province.
The conference opens on Sunday, and the politicians are scheduled to talk about several hot button issues – from infrastructure funding to climate change to marijuana legislation.
Premier Kathleen Wynne is scheduled to address the delegates on Monday morning. PC Leader Patrick Brown and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath are also scheduled to speak at the conference.
AMO President Gary McNamara, the Mayor of Tecumseh, also hopes to take advantage of hosting the conference.
McNamara says he wants to talk about issues that affect residents in Windsor Essex.
McNamara expects the cost of electricity and the impact on greenhouses locally will be hot topics.
The City of Windsor and Essex County are splitting the cost of hosting the event, which is about $50,000.
Tourism Windsor Essex says it is a small price to pay, since the conference should generate between $3-and-$4 million dollars for local restaurants, hotels and other businesses.