BIG CITY MAYORS CAUCUS
Senator Larry Campbell is the Senate representative for the Big City Mayors Caucus, meeting with the mayors of Canada's 22 largest municipalities approximately 3 times a year to discuss issues common to large urban areas and to bring an urban perspective to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) advocacy work on municipal issues.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) celebrated its 60th anniversary in 1997, but it was in 1901 that the first national meeting of municipal leaders was held. The first political initiative of the Union of Canadian Municipalities (UCM) was to convince the federal government to create legislation that would give municipal governments more control over the actions of utility companies within their boundaries. The UCM was formed largely to remind utility companies they could not simply assume municipal consent for tearing up public infrastructure without consideration: municipal rights-of-way had to be negotiated.
Since then, municipal governments have maintained a strong advocacy role in lobbying the federal government to include municipal concerns in policy development and national decision-making. Through their national organization, they made sure the federal government understood the full impact of their decisions on municipal governments and taxpayers. Year after year, FCM's work has benefitted each and every municipal government and taxpayer in Canada.
The members of the Big City Mayors Caucus are:
For more information please visit www.fcm.ca