Federal, provincial, governments must work out differences, get money flowing, says AUMA president



    
    Statement from the President of the Alberta Urban Municipalities
    Association, Morinville Mayor Lloyd Bertschi, wrapping up two days of
    meetings with MPs in Ottawa
    

    OTTAWA, May 15 /CNW Telbec/ - "We came to Ottawa to make the case that
Alberta municipalities must get their fair share of federal infrastructure
stimulus dollars. Following our meetings over the last two days, I can say
with confidence that we have been heard.
    Like municipal governments across the country, Alberta municipalities
face significant challenges in these difficult economic times, and both the
federal and provincial governments have a role to play in helping us deal with
these challenges.
    The most pressing issue now is working to secure a share of federal
stimulus funds for Alberta communities. The federal infrastructure stimulus
program promises to bring relief to Canadians, stimulate the economy and
create jobs.
    But Alberta communities could be shut out of this cost-shared program
because of a disagreement between the federal and provincial governments.
    Alberta municipalities have significant infrastructure needs, and jobs
have been lost in our province by the thousands. Alberta cannot afford to be
shut out of this program.
    We came to Ottawa with a simple message: the federal and provincial
governments must work out their differences and ensure that much-needed
investments in Alberta's municipalities are made and jobs are created in our
communities, just as they are in other parts of the country.
    It's a question of fairness.
    We are encouraged by our meetings and discussions with MPs from all
parties over the last two days. We fully share Minister Merrifield's
expectation that money will flow to Alberta communities, creating jobs for the
people of those communities.
    Now, we must deliver and we must deliver quickly. Our citizens expect no
less."




For further information:

For further information: R. Lloyd Bertschi, AUMA President, (780)
868-2923; Massimo Bergamini, InterChange Public Affairs, (613) 230-0183, ext.
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