Federal Parties Pitch Their Cities Plans To The Big City Mayors (04/06/2015)
EDMONTON, AB - Federal parties met with Big City Mayors in Edmonton today to pitch their urban agendas in the lead up to the next federal election.
With a federal election call less than a hundred days away, Mayors questioned representatives from the New Democratic Party of Canada, the Liberal Party of Canada and the Green Party of Canada on their plans to partner with cities on transit, infrastructure, and housing.
"Canada's cities are Canada's future, and issues like transit, housing, and infrastructure are critical to growing our economy and improving quality of life for all Canadians," said Mayor Gregor Robertson, Chair of the Big City Mayors' Caucus. "It's very encouraging to see the federal parties coming here offering to partner with cities on our most urgent priorities."
The mayors of Canada's big cities emerged from their meetings calling on federal leaders to give voters a meaningful chance to compare each party's plan to strengthen the economy through Canada's cities.
"A strong Canada needs globally competitive public transit, infrastructure and affordable housing, and today we're hearing promising commitments from the leadership of our federal parties," said host Mayor Don Iveson. "A federal leaders' debate will help Canadians choose the best partner for Canada's cities."
The BCMC meeting kicks off the Annual Conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal government. In leading the municipal movement, FCM works to align federal and local priorities, recognizing that strong hometowns make for a strong Canada.