FCM welcomes NDP Leader Jack Layton at its Calgary conference

    CALGARY, June 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The following statement was released today
by Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) President, Councillor Gord
Steeves following the speech to FCM delegates by Jack Layton, Leader of the
New Democratic Party of Canada.
    "FCM delegates welcomed back NDP leader Jack Layton as an old friend and
responded warmly to his expression of support for municipal government.
Mr. Layton has been a strong supporter of the municipal sector since his days
as a Toronto city councillor and later FCM president.
    Mr. Layton's reaffirmation of his long-standing concern for the homeless
struck a chord with our delegates. Municipal governments deal daily with the
problems of housing affordability and homelessness and understand well the
human cost of inaction.
    His commitment to fight for rural and northern communities to ensure they
get their fair share shows Mr. Layton recognizes, as we do, that the
challenges facing municipalities are not limited to cities but extend to rural
and northern communities.
    Mr. Layton's call on the federal government to take action on the growing
gap between rich and poor, visible on our streets, echoes FCM's call for a
strong federal interest in Canada's cities and communities.
    Mr. Layton has long been an advocate for Canada's cities and communities.
FCM looks forward to working with him and with all Members of Parliament to
build strong, healthy and sustainable communities."

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