/R E P E A T -- FCM President to provide municipal reaction to federal leaders' national televised debate/

    Emphasis on Crime and Safety

    OTTAWA, Sept. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean Perrault, President of the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que.,
will be available to comment on the federal leaders' debates, scheduled for
October 1 and October 2.
    While important first steps have been taken by the federal government,
municipalities continue to foot the bill for federal policing duties
undertaken by their local police forces.
    FCM and its members will be listening for each of the party leaders to
comment specifically on crime and safety issues and the concrete commitments
to front-line policing and prevention programs needed for safer streets in our
cities and communities.
    In this election, federal parties have generally taken a piecemeal
approach to public safety. A comprehensive, long-term solution with front-line
action to make communities safer for residents has yet to emerge.

    WHAT:     FCM president, Jean Perrault provides comment on federal
              leaders' debates, with an emphasis on crime and safety

    WHEN:     October 1 and 2

    HOW:      Contact Maurice Gingues (613) 907-6395 / mgingues@fcm.ca to
              arrange an interview.

    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: or to arrange an interview: Maurice Gingues,
(613) 907-6395 or mgingues@fcm.ca

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