Productive and meaningful discussion with considered optimism was the theme of the fall Alberta Mid-sized Cities Mayors’ and Chief Administration Officers’ (CAOs’) caucus meeting.
Gathering in Lethbridge on September 12 and 13, 2019, the Mayors and CAOs of 22 Alberta municipalities discussed a variety of key issues ranging from the mortgage stress test to a provincial drug strategy. A portion of the meeting focused on the MacKinnon Report with the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Honourable Kaycee Madu, outlining the potential impact of the recommendations for municipalities.
The Caucus recently heard from Premier Jason Kenney, who spoke frankly to the Caucus about how he will continue to partner with municipalities for economic growth, jobs, diversification, innovation, and opportunities to grow revenue.
“I’m feeling confident following discussions with Premier Kenney and Minister Madu that the provincial government is committed to a productive working relationship with Alberta’s mid-sized cities—including Wetaskiwin,” said Mayor Tyler Gandam. “While the MacKinnon Report shows that fiscal responsibility is in the works for Alberta, I feel satisfied that those restraints will be conducted in partnership with Alberta’s municipalities.”
Creating opportunity for business and trade along with a predictable and stable revenue stream for Alberta’s mid-sized cities was also a focus for the Mayors and CAOs.
“Together, the 22 mid-sized cities and communities represent roughly one million Albertans,” said Mayor Gandam. “We look forward to advancing the needs of those one million Albertans and advocating for the growth and prosperity of our communities.”
The Alberta Mid-Sized Cities Mayors’ and CAOs’ Caucus is comprised of 22 cities and towns from across the province. Together the caucus creates solutions to respond to matters of common interest and advocates for the needs of Alberta’s mid-sized municipalities.
-Submitted by City of Wetaskiwin