A big win for Canada's municipalities and the millions of Canadians who live there (20/10/2015)
Today, the President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) applauded the Liberal Party of Canada on its election victory. President Raymond Louie called the election a win for Canadians, as municipal priorities were front and centre in this election. These were also featured prominently in the Liberal election platform.
"I congratulate Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau on his election victory," said Louie. "His focus on municipal priorities during the campaign is a clear sign that the new Liberal government understands the importance of these issues to bolstering Canada's economy and improving the lives of the millions of people who live in cities and communities across the country."
Throughout the campaign FCM called on Canadians to vote for the issues that will best serve the communities where they live and work. The main political parties heard that message and responded with unprecedented commitments on a range of issues including infrastructure, public transit, and public safety.
"Now that the election is over" said Louie, "it is time to roll up our sleeves and work in partnership with our federal partner."
During the campaign, the Liberal Party of Canada's platform reflected many of the hometown priorities laid out in FCM's Roadmap for Strong Cities and Communities as well as the Action Plan for a Strong Rural Canada. Chief among them were:
- Sustained and predictable investments in core municipal infrastructure like roads and bridges that meets the needs of communities of all sizes.
- New historic investment in public transit across the country, including both new capital construction and state of good repair.
- Renewal of federal leadership in affordable housing to build more housing units, refurbish existing ones, renew existing co-operative agreements, and provide operational funding support for municipalities.
- Significant investment in green infrastructure, including local water and wastewater, clean energy, and climate resilient infrastructure including flood mitigation systems.
- Automatic transfers of any uncommitted federal infrastructure funds near the end of any fiscal year to municipalities, through a temporary top-up of the Gas Tax Fund.
"FCM has a strong track record of effective partnership with the Federal government to promote the policies that best serve our cities and local governments", said FCM President Raymond Louie. "We look forward to meeting with Prime Minister-elect Trudeau in the near future to make sure that all orders of government pull together to improve the lives of Canadians and their families."