My name is Richard Allen and I am asking for your support to serve on the 2016 — 2017 FCM Board of Directors.
I represent 'Countryside District', a rural riding with the largest geographic area within the City of Kingston. Over the past several years, I have seen how influential FCM is as the voice of municipal government and I want to contribute to this great work on behalf of cities, towns and communities from across Canada.
From rural community to urban centre, here are a few of my goals if elected:
- Infrastructure — I will collaborate with FCM and the federal government on a long term program design of the infrastructure programs announced in the 2016 Canada budget, ensuring every community has an opportunity to participate.
- Affordable housing — I will work with my FCM colleagues, the federal government and the broader sector to develop a municipal framework for a national affordable housing strategy with investment that reflects the diversity in Canadian municipalities.
- Rural connectivity — I will leverage my rural experience in Eastern Ontario to ensure our rural communities across Canada have access to fast and affordable broadband internet.
Thank you for your consideration, I look forward to seeing you in Winnipeg.