AMO Echoes Election Campaign Priorities Outlined by Federation of Canadian Municipalities



    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - The Association of Municipalities of Ontario
(AMO) today joined the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in
challenging Federal Election candidates and party leaders to explain how they
would work with municipalities to keep Canadian communities safe, secure,
prosperous and healthy.
    "Many local issues are too big and too complex for any single order of
government to solve independently," said AMO President Peter Hume. "The
federal government must work in partnership with provincial and municipal
governments to make meaningful progress on infrastructure investment, transit,
environmental protection, and housing. These issues demand national
attention."
    AMO and municipal governments in Ontario are looking for clear
commitments on issues that affect Ontario communities. Key among them are
stable, predictable infrastructure funding, federal investment in housing and
homelessness programs, and fair treatment for Ontario in national programs
including economic development, job training, immigration and Employment
Insurance.
    "AMO supports the questions FCM is asking during this election and we
hope all Canadians will recognize the importance of asking these questions
when they meet with local candidates," said Hume.
    Further details about FCM's announcement and its 2008 Federal Election
report, "Canada's Cities and Communities: Securing our Future," are available
on FCM's website, www.fcm.ca/en/election2008. FCM represents the interests of
Canadian municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal
jurisdiction.

    AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's 445
municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government
in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and
essential component of Ontario and Canada's political system.





For further information:

For further information: Pat Vanini, AMO Executive Director, (416)
971-9856, ext. 316 or (416) 729-4394; Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, (416)
729-5425


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