OTTAWA, Oct. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The following is a statement by FCM
President Jean Perrault, Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que., on the federal election
"On behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, I would like to
congratulate Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the new Government of Canada, and
all those elected to serve in the next Parliament.
After six weeks of campaigning, Canadians are ready for parties to roll
up their sleeves to deliver the bread-and-butter solutions that will make a
difference to their jobs, families and communities during this time of growing
global economic uncertainty.
For federal parties searching for common ground, commitments in cities
and communities are a roadmap for the future. Our cities and communities are
Canada's economic engine and will continue to drive Canada's economic
Infrastructure investment is an effective recession-fighter, creating new
jobs while providing badly-needed improvements to roads, bridges, public
transit, water and sewer systems. Accelerating infrastructure investments will
be an important element in the overall plan to maintain Canada's economic
stability and performance, positioning Canada to be more productive and
competitive in the future.
Federal parties have already shown they can work together on these issues
to deliver positive results for Canadians. Municipal investments such as the
permanent Gas Tax Fund, the Police Officers Recruitment Fund, the social
housing programs and the Public Transit Capital Trust were all broadly
supported initiatives implemented by the previous Parliament. Today, these
investments are helping communities secure their local infrastructure, put new
buses on the road, ensure that every family has a place to sleep, and make
their streets safer.
In this campaign, federal parties put forward important commitments to
support and strengthen municipalities - renewed federal funding to address
affordable housing and homelessness; a 10-year plan to confront the
$123-billion infrastructure deficit; and commitments to invest significant new
funds in public transit.
Canadians want safe roads, bridges and water systems that their families
and businesses can count on; reliable transit service to escape volatile gas
prices; front-line support for local policing and crime prevention programs;
affordable housing to address chronic homelessness in our communities; and the
unique infrastructure that will strengthen and connect rural and northern
Federal funding for public transit, affordable housing and policing will
expire soon unless the government puts them on a longer-term track, and the
gas tax fund will steadily lose its value unless the government indexes the
program to keep pace with inflation, population growth, and economic
This election has been a step forward for healthy and resilient cities
and communities and a strong Canada. This campaign has also raised
expectations and Canadians are primed for action by our federal leaders.
FCM is ready and willing to work with the new government, and all parties
in Parliament to cement campaign commitments into the investments that will
define stable and strong economic performance."
FCM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program
matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. With more than 1,760 municipal
government members representing 90 per cent of Canadians, FCM members include
Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 18 provincial
and territorial municipal associations.
For further information:
For further information: Maurice Gingues, (613) 907-6395,