Statement from FCM's Big City Mayors' Caucus, of which Mayor Robertson serves as Chair:
Today, the mayors of Canada's biggest cities pledge to match new Federal government funding dollar for dollar to rebuild and improve our cities over the next 20 years. We urge the Federal government to match our commitment with new funding to support and rebuild Canada's cities - from public transit to our roads and bridges, from water pipes to sewer systems.
The Federal government demonstrated important leadership by strategically investing in Canadian cities through successful programs such as the Gas Tax Fund, the Building Canada Fund and the Economic Action Plan stimulus funding. These investments have been crucial for addressing the growing economic challenges facing our nation, and keeping Canada competitive through a global recession. But much of the funding expires by 2014.
Canada's mayors and municipal leaders promoted, supported and helped implement these programs and want to build on this successful partnership with the federal government. Now there is a pressing need -- for all of us -- to do more.