Calgary,
12
September
2019
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20:17
America/Denver

Keeping City priorities top of mind, The City launches YYC Matters

The City of Calgary launches yycmatters.ca today, an online platform, to keep City priorities top of mind during the fall federal election.

YYC Matters aims to make it easier for Calgarians to find out what the parties will do to support Calgary during the election. Each political party will be asked a series of questions about key City priorities related to honouring commitments and supporting Calgarians through economic recovery. These questions give candidates the opportunity to go on record about how they plan to address Calgary’s priorities and issues while offering Calgarians a convenient tool to find this information.

“This advocacy campaign is two things. First, it’s a research tool for Calgarians to help them see what the parties have planned for our city,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Second, this is an accountability tool, so whichever party leads Canada after this election will be on the record about their commitments.”

Calgary matters in the federal election, and here’s why. Calgary has long been the economic engine for Canada. The city contributes $124B to Canada’s economic value. For Calgary’s growth to continue – and it must continue – we need support from the federal government to create a new future and compete in a modern, global economy.

The City is asking Calgarians to keep City priorities top of mind at the doors. Please let candidates know that it is time to give back to Calgary through:

  • Strategies for supporting Calgary’s recovery
  • Supporting our responsible energy industry
  • Providing clear and fair regulatory review process for infrastructure
  • Improving federal-municipal relations
  • Investing in public infrastructure
  • Strategies for immigration as a driver of economic growth
  • Permanent, higher funding for infrastructure from the Gas Tax Fund
  • Establishing a fair share of cannabis revenue
  • Public transit funding
  • Mental health and addictions support
  • Made-in-Alberta mortgage rules

“When the candidates come to your door, tell them to get to the facts,” he said. “Simply ask them, ‘What is your plan for Calgary?’”

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