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Posted on: March 22, 2017

Mayor Sheryl Spence makes big push ahead of critical federal budget

WARMAN – Mayor Sheryl Spence joined municipal leaders from across the country this week to cap a historic effort to show the federal government that the key to building a better Canada with Budget 2017 lies in empowering cities and communities of all sizes.

MAYOR Sheryl Spence met with fellow Board members from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in Whistler, BC, on the eve of next week’s critical federal budget. Their meeting follows two years of unprecedented dialogue between FCM and senior federal officials, cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister. At every step, Mayor Spence has delivered a clear message: municipal leaders are ready to deliver cost-effective local solutions to national challenges—including jobs, growth and emission reductions.

“The road to a better Canada runs through our communities,” said Mayor Spence “It’s in our communities where we can shorten commutes, build more affordable housing and spur economic growth—if this budget delivers the right tools.”

FCM’s recommendations for Budget 2017 include predictable, long-term allocations to launch the next era of public transit—with reasonable cost-sharing so local fiscal limits don’t hamper progress. FCM is also calling for major investments to tackle Canada’s housing crisis by protecting social housing and building new affordable homes. Lastly, the municipal leaders are calling on the federal government to support local green innovation and to implement a plan to spark economic growth in rural, remote and northern communities.  

 “When municipal leaders have a seat at the nation-building table, it’s Canadians who benefit,” said Mayor Spence.

To view the official media release, please click here: FCM Media Release

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