Press meeting organized by the Montreal Economic Institute - Building a Local Government Performance Index - Developing objective performance comparisons in Canadian local government

    Larry N. Mitchell
    Local Government Performance Analyst, New Zealand
    Marcel Boyer
    Vice-president and chief economist, Montreal Economic Institute

    MONTREAL, Nov. 27 /CNW Telbec/ -

    Date: Thursday, November 29, 2007
    Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Place: University Club of Montreal, 2047 Mansfield Street (corner
    The presentation will be in both English and French.

    Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Boyer will be presenting an overview of the Frontier
Centre's inaugural Local Government Performance Index to a round table
discussion with participants from the municipal sector (stakeholders and
analysts). Collecting over 3000 data points on Canada's thirty most populous
jurisdictions, the LGPI is a unique tool for assessing municipal performance.
    Cities manage substantial budgets, account for a large part of the fiscal
burden of taxpayers and aim at increasing their revenue. Therefore, it is
important that tools and methods are made available so that the performance of
cities can be assessed and commented upon.
    The aim is not to rank cities but to explore strengths and weaknesses of
different municipalities facing different challenges, based on hard financial
and statistical data. In this session, Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Boyer will outline
the trends emerging from the LGPI in its inaugural year and address broader
issues of good financial management in local government.

    Larry Mitchell has over 30 years of active experience in commerce,
chartered accounting and more recently public sector finance and policy. He
now runs his own consultancy business from Puhoi, just north of Auckland, New
Zealand, which services the New Zealand local government sector with financial
and policy advice.

    Marcel Boyer is one of Canada's best known economists. He holds a Ph.D.
in economics from Carnegie Mellon University and teaches at the economics
department of the University of Montreal, where he currently occupies the Bell
Canada Chair in industrial economics. He is also a fellow of the CIRANO and
sits on the board of the Quebec agency for public-private partnerships.
Mr. Boyer is the recipient of numerous scientific distinctions.

For further information:

For further information: André Valiquette, Director of Communications,
Montreal Economic Institute, (514) 273-0969, Mobile: (514) 574-0969,;

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