Annual FCM Conference Underway
Prince George, B.C. – The Mayor of Prince George, City Manager Kathleen Soltis, and all but two members of Council (Councillors Brian Skakun and Murry Krause) are attending the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference in Edmonton this weekend.
The conference will hear from the major political parties, with party leaders Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May and Thomas Mulcair expected to address the delegates from across the country. Prime Minister Harper will not be speaking, instead, Finance Minister Joe Oliver will make a keynote address.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is the national voice for more than 2000 communities across Canada.
The kick off to the event was yesterday with the group “Big City Mayors” meeting with representatives from the Federal parties. Make no mistake, this is an election year, and Mayors took the opportunity to question reps from the NDP, Liberal and Green Party on each party’s plan to partner with communities on issues of transit, infrastructure and housing.
Infrastructure remains a key issue with the FCM. Latest information from the FCM is that it would take upwards of $55 billion dollars to bring aging infrastructure up to current standards.
Other issues to be discussed include engaging youth in the upcoming federal election, finding new revenue streams through sponsorships not tax hikes, issues of housing and the cost of living in northern and rural communities and building mutual economic benefiting relationships between municipalities and First Nations.