Local solutions tackle national challenges: Official Opposition leader (23/11/2016)
FCM President Clark Somerville issued this statement following dialogue with the Hon. Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition, at FCM's Board of Directors meeting in Ottawa.
Municipal leaders gathered in Ottawa were pleased to hear Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose reiterate her party's commitment to building strong and vibrant communities. Ms. Ambrose clearly appreciates the central role municipalities play in Canada's economy and quality of life.
In her words today: "As the level of government closest to Canadians [...] you are best placed to ensure that the design and delivery of this government's infrastructure plan is done right. Whether it's easing gridlock, creating jobs, or reducing greenhouse gas emissions, you've demonstrated throughout the years that you can move forward with local solutions for national challenges."
FCM takes pride in its strong working relationship with Canada's federal political parties. FCM worked in partnership with the Conservative Party while they were in government on a number of municipal priorities such as the New Building Canada Fund, creating the Small Communities Fund, and indexing and making permanent the Gas Tax Fund. I have no doubt that our strong relationship will continue with the Official Opposition.
Phase 2 of the federal infrastructure plan is an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen Canada by building stronger communities. Municipal leaders have a proven record of delivering infrastructure outcomes effectively, efficiently and with accountability. I know these are priorities for Ms. Ambrose and her party as well.
FCM looks forward to continuing our work with the Official Opposition to champion cities and communities in our shared project of building a better Canada.
Clark Somerville is President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and a local/regional councillor for the Town of Halton Hills and Halton Region. FCM is the national voice of local government, with nearly 2,000 members representing 90 per cent of Canada's population.