Mayor Vrbanovic Joins Big City Mayors To Urge National Debate On Transit, Infrastructure & Housing

By: Kw Now - Local News
| Published 06/05/2015

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Big City Mayors’ Caucus Urging For National Debate On Critical Issues

Federal Leaders Debate Will Help Choose The Right Federal Partner

KITCHENER – Mayor Berry Vrbanovic joined members of the Big City Mayors’ Caucus (BCMC) in Edmonton, Alberta, this week to hear representatives of the federal parties share plans for urban centres in the lead up to the next federal election.

With a federal election call less than 100 days away, Mayor Vrbanovic and the mayors of 20 other major cities 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.

“These issues affect all Canadians – and they closely align with the priorities identified by our citizens as the key things that dramatically impact their quality of life. By putting our collective voices together, this country’s big-city mayors are asking our federal leaders to debate and address these issues at a national level. Strong cities build strong nations,” said Mayor Vrbanovic, who sits on BCMC as the representative from Waterloo Region’s largest urban centre.

Thursday’s meeting saw the nation’s big city mayors also announce a national federal leaders’ debate on urban issues in the lead-up to federal election day 2015 and were pleased that Green Party leader Elizabeth May and New Democratic Party leader, Thomas Mulcair have both already confirmed their participation.

“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, representing over 2000 municipalities across Canada. In leading the municipal movement, FCM works to align federal and local priorities, recognizing that strong hometowns make for a strong Canada.