FCM's Big City Mayors' Caucus calls on First Ministers to help fight recession



    OTTAWA, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ -

    Open Letter to the First Ministers:

    In order to address our current economic challenges, we - the mayors of
    Canada's largest cities - met today to discuss municipal plans and
    strategies to moderate the far-reaching effects of recession.

    Together, we are already investing in infrastructure to create jobs,
    address the needs of our residents and improve the quality of life in our
    cities by ensuring they remain liveable and competitive. We all agree
    that the current situation requires strong measures.

    With this in mind, cities are ready to accelerate investments in areas
    such as public transit, roads, affordable housing, modern green
    infrastructure as well as libraries, community centres and recreation
    facilities. All governments must act immediately and continue working
    together for the benefit of all Canadians. Cities share in this
    responsibility and are your partners in securing the future prosperity of
    Canada.

    Federal and provincial leadership is needed to strengthen the national
    economy. Governments working in partnership can help stabilize and
    stimulate the Canadian economy with a significant and sustained
    commitment to expanding public infrastructure. Cities build and operate
    the infrastructure that enables and supports the movement of people,
    goods and services across the country.

    As you meet with your federal and provincial counterparts, we would ask
    for your continued support for expanded federal investment in municipal
    infrastructure. The federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) program has successfully
    delivered sustainable benefits to individuals and businesses within
    Canada's cities. By building on the successful GTF delivery model, a
    national economic stimulus package that increases and accelerates the
    flow of federal funds to municipalities will have an immediate and
    positive impact in urban areas where cities are already at work
    implementing major infrastructure projects. This model of funding has
    proven to be the best possible way to achieve results quickly with
    transparency and accountability.

    We stand ready to work with you to support Canadians during these
    difficult times through investment in our collective economic future.

    Sincerely,

    Carl Zehr
    Chair, Big City Mayors Caucus
    Mayor, City of Kitchener

    Dave Bronconnier
    Mayor, City of Calgary

    Gregor Robertson
    Mayor, City of Vancouver

    Dianne Watts
    Mayor, City of Surrey

    Sam Katz
    Mayor, City of Winnipeg

    Dennis O'Keefe
    Mayor, City of St. John's

    Peter J. Kelly
    Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality

    Anne Marie DeCicco-Best
    Mayor, City of London

    Fred Eisenberger
    Mayor, City of Hamilton

    Susan Fennell
    Mayor, City of Brampton

    Eddie Francis
    Mayor, City of Windsor

    Hazel McCallion
    Mayor, City of Mississauga

    David Miller
    Mayor, City of Toronto

    Larry O'Brien
    Mayor, City of Ottawa

    Marc Bureau
    Maire, Ville de Gatineau

    Claude Gladu
    Maire, Ville de Longueuil

    Gérald Tremblay
    Maire, Ville de Montréal

    Don Atchison
    Mayor, City of Saskatoon

    Stephen Mandel
    Mayor, City of Edmonton




For further information:

For further information: Maurice Gingues, (613) 907-6395,
mgingues@fcm.ca

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