Frizzell Set to Lobby for PG’s Infrastructure Needs
Prince George, B.C. – Municipal leaders across Canada have united behind a plan to ensure that federal infrastructure dollars are spread evenly across Canada.
Prince George City Councillor Garth Frizzell, a board member with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), says the plan was agreed upon at their most recent board meeting last week in Ontario.
“With the announcement of Phase 2 ($48 billion) of the federal infrastructure fund, we wanted to make sure that we had a combined voice and that we were going to be saying the same things as we go into Ottawa (for meetings) in November. It was unanimous, we’re all on the same page.”
And just how might Prince George benefit from phase 2 funding?
“It’s not sexy, it’s fairly boring, but roads, water and sewer funding. We can’t over emphasize it enough. We’ve seen with things like the Willow Cale challenges that we hit this last year, that climate change and adapting to it is going to be expensive,” he says.
“We had sink holes only a few years ago in Prince George and it’s just like communities all around the world, we want to have that predictable access to infrastructure funding.”
Frizzell says board members also plan to lobby the federal government to move forward on strategic investments in transit and green infrastructure.
He says they will also urge strong action on the housing crisis and to “bolster rural Canada with an enhanced Small Communities Fund.”