Infrastructure: Local leaders converge on Parliament Hill with local solutions to national challenges (21/11/2016)
A delegation of 100 municipal leaders from every province and territory will be on Parliament Hill this Tuesday to Friday, urging parliamentarians to ensure that Phase 2 of the federal infrastructure plan delivers the best possible outcomes for Canadians.
Led by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the local leaders have 150 meetings scheduled with cabinet ministers and other parliamentarians. They have also asked the federal Finance Minister and opposition leaders to address the full FCM delegation.
Municipalities have a proven record of delivering cost-effective solutions to local needs with national impacts - including jobs, productivity and emission reductions. The municipal officials will reinforce their case that empowering this local expertise is the key to a successful Phase 2. The recent Fall Economic Statement expanded the federal Phase 2 commitment to invest in transit, green and social infrastructure, to $81 billion over 11 years. With program details expected no later than Budget 2017, the nation-building potential of the federal plan hinges on design decisions to be made in the coming weeks and months.
For more information or to arrange interviews with FCM spokespeople: Michael FitzPatrick, Media Relations Advisor, 613-907-6346 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Keynote speeches (media welcome):
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Time: 12:40 p.m. EST Location: Adam Room, Chateau Laurier, Ottawa Speaker: Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Time: 12:45 p.m. EST Location: Adam Room, Chateau Laurier, Ottawa Speaker: Hon. Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Opposition
Date: Thursday, November 24, 2016 Time: 12:45 p.m. EST Location: Adam Room, Chateau Laurier, Ottawa Speaker: Hon. Tom Mulcair, Leader of New Democratic Party
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of municipal government, with 2,000 members representing 90 per cent of the Canadian population.