OTTAWA, June 6, 2011 /CNW/ - The following statement was released today
by Berry Vrbanovic, President of the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities (FCM), following the federal budget commitment to
develop a new long-term infrastructure plan:
"We applaud the Government of Canada for committing in today's budget to
develop a new long-term infrastructure plan in partnership with the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), provinces, territories,
and the private sector.
Working with municipalities, the federal government has fought the
global recession and started rebuilding the roads, water systems, and
public transit that our businesses, workers and families depend on.
Today's budget shows the government is ready to continue working with
municipalities to build an economy that keeps growing and creating jobs
over the long-term.
2000 municipal leaders are heading home today from FCM's annual
conference in Halifax, ready to help turn today's budget commitment
into a plan for better infrastructure and transportation systems right
across the country. We look forward to working side by side with the
new Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Denis Lebel,
a former mayor who knows firsthand the fiscal challenges municipalities
face and the importance of all governments making sustained investments
in core infrastructure.
The federal budget also included a commitment to enshrine the permanent
Gas Tax Fund in legislation, an important first step to providing
greater certainty to municipalities, provinces, and territories
The road to a stronger economy and safer streets runs straight through
our cities and communities. We look forward to building on our
partnership with the federal government to reverse the decline in our
aging infrastructure, and also to keep police on the streets, fix
cracks in our housing system, and protect core services as the federal
government balances its budget deficit."
* The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national
voice of municipal government since 1901. FCM represents close to 90
per cent of the Canadian population - more than 2000 municipal
governments across the country.
SOURCE FEDERATION OF CANADIAN MUNICIPALITIES
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