Competition Panel Report on the Mark, Says FCM President



    Recognizes municipal role in growing Canada's competitiveness

    OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The following statement was issued by
FCM President, Sherbrooke Mayor Jean Perrault, responding to the release today
of the report of the Competition Policy Review Panel.

    "The report released today says that strong cities and communities will
underpin Canada's future prosperity.
    The report also says that municipal governments do not have the fiscal
tools they need to eliminate pressing infrastructure needs and meet growing
responsibilities in areas like immigrant settlement.
    We agree.
    The message to the Government of Canada is clear: cities must be full
partners in building Canada's future competitiveness and prosperity.
    This is a national challenge requiring national leadership. FCM
wholeheartedly supports the panel's call for a renewed federal commitment to
addressing local needs and partnering with municipalities.
    As the panel notes, federal and provincial governments must work together
to provide municipalities with a more adequate, stable, and diversified
revenue base. The panel also says that this must be coupled with a commitment
to bring all orders of government to the table to build an economic strategy
that spans political boundaries for the benefit of all Canadians.
    Where the panel falters is when it fails to explicitly recognize the
fundamental role of rural and remote communities in fostering economic growth
and prosperity. The special needs and challenges of those communities must
also be addressed.
    The Government of Canada has made significant funding commitments to
cities and communities. The panel's report complements those investments by
calling for collaboration and partnership in addressing the needs of cities
and communities and bolstering Canada's economy and global competitiveness.
    FCM and the municipal sector stand ready to do their part."




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For further information: Joanne MacDonald, (613) 907-6241

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