FCM welcomes Dion's commitment to cities and communities



    CALGARY, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The following statement was released today
by Federation of Canadian Municipalities' President, Councillor Gord Steeves
following the speech to FCM delegates by Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Official
Opposition.
    "FCM delegates welcomed Mr. Dion today and responded warmly to his
expression of support for municipal governments and his promise to work in
partnership with us.
    We particularly appreciate Mr. Dion's commitment to make the federal gas
tax transfer to municipalities permanent, and his support for funding a
national transit strategy. His speech touched on a number of FCM's key policy
priorities, including a 20-year plan to erase the municipal infrastructure
deficit for good.
    We agree with Mr. Dion that Canada is at a "tipping point," where we can
either move forward with cities and communities that are strong, competitive
and sustainable or backward and lose our position in the front ranks of
nations.
    FCM looks forward to working with Mr. Dion and all Members of Parliament
to ensure Canada moves forward, propelled by dynamic municipal governments and
vibrant communities."




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For further information: Maurice Gingues, (613) 907-6395

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