Following a meeting of the Big City Mayors' Caucus in Ottawa today, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says that mayors from across Canada are united in their focus on affordable housing and transit, and the need for support from the federal government.
"The Mayors from Canada's biggest cities are clear: affordable housing and transit are serious challenges in their communities, and we need the federal government at the table. This year's budget was a disappointment, and simply did not address the serious issues of traffic congestion and lack of affordable housing in our cities," said Mayor Robertson.
"Cities are the economic drivers of Canada, yet our transit systems are overstretched and our affordable housing is in need of renewal. The longer these issues are ignored, the bigger the risk to Canada's economy."
Mayor Robertson is the Chair of the BCMC, and today's meeting included mayors from across Canada, including Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.