Statement by FCM President Jean Perrault following today's speech by Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities John Baird

    WHISTLER, BC, June 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The following statement was released
today by Jean Perrault, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
(FCM), and Mayor of Sherbrooke, Que., following the speech to FCM delegates by
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities John Baird:
    "Today Minister Baird showed a commitment to cooperation and flexibility
    that will help keep the economic stimulus plan moving forward, create new
    jobs, and invest in the foundations of our economy and quality of life.

    We applaud Minister Baird's commitment today that the federal government
    will pay a full one-third share of any costs incurred on municipal
    stimulus projects before April 1, 2011. This puts to rest municipal
    concerns that failure to complete a stimulus project by that date would
    result in a 100 per cent claw-back of federal funding.

    We were also pleased to hear that municipal stimulus projects do not
    require any additional federal approvals once federal funding is
    announced. This will help municipalities move projects ahead quickly.

    The Economic Action Plan announced in Budget 2009 included a record one-
    time federal investment of $12 billion for infrastructure. Minister Baird
    has worked tirelessly to cut red tape and streamline approvals so
    municipalities can start putting those dollars to work this year.

    Working together, governments can make sure that Canadians get the most
    jobs and value out of their economic stimulus plan. We welcome Minister
    Baird's commitment to federal-municipal collaboration, and we look
    forward to putting our relationship to work on behalf of Canadians."

For further information:

For further information: Jocelyn Sweet, (613) 907-6395,

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