Municipal Issues Driving Federal Election

Federation Canadian Municipalities president Raymond Louie, no stranger to the UBCM, was warmly received by Convention delegates on Wednesday afternoon. The Vancouver councillor and former Lower Mainland Local Government Association executive member delivered the FCM address emphasizing the federal election.

He congratulated UBCM’s strong leadership and boasted that B.C. has the most innovative municipalities in the country.

This election, he said, presents a vital opportunity to move the municipal agenda forward in Canada. Louie is leading the FCM’s federal election efforts, Roadmap for Election 2015, which includes websites, a Party Platform Tracker and an Election Toolkit. With BC as a key election battleground this time around, he said, “we need to be active, we need to be united, and we need to be ready.”

Local government issues are resonating on the campaign trail, he reported. All four major federal party leaders have named municipalities as vital partners they are keen to work with. Louie asked for delegates to help promote the #cdnmuni commitment to candidates, letting them know that voters are looking for federal support for local communities, to create jobs, build the economy and protect the environment.

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