01/26/2012 01:11 EST | Updated 03/27/2012 05:12 EDT

Omnibus Crime Bill: Ottawa Won't Give '$1-Billion Cheque For Ontario,' Justice Minister Says

CHARLOTTETOWN - The federal justice minister is rebuffing calls from Ontario to foot the costs of implementing the omnibus crime bill.

Rob Nicholson told his provincial counterparts today in Charlottetown that Ottawa has already committed to increase transfer payments by $2.4 billion.

Nicholson says the federal government "doesn't have a $1-billion cheque for Ontario."

Earlier this week, the Ontario government said the legislation will add more than $1 billion in increased police and court costs, reiterating its calls for the federal government to foot the bill.

Quebec Justice Minister Jean-Marc Fournier says the costs of Bill C-10 will amount to $500 million for his province.

Fournier says the provinces and territories have agreed to press Ottawa for consultation on the bill to identify costs and to look at implementation time frames.

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