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Trudeau keynote speaker for big municipal huddle

Sean Kilpatrick</p><p>/ The Canadian Press</p><p>Prime Minister Justin Trudeau</p>

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

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Winnipeg’s best features will be on display the first week of June when more than 1,500 municipal officials from across Canada descend on the Manitoba capital.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is holding its annual meeting here, June 2-5.

It’s a convention, so, like any convention, the mayors, reeves and councillors from municipalities large and small will listen to speeches (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the keynote speaker on June 3), hammer out and approve policy resolutions, and take in workshops on 20 different municipal issues.

The civic politicians will also have time to tour some of the city’s popular destinations as well as exclusive inside looks at some spots not on a typical tourist map – the Brady landfill; the southwest transit corridor; a sewage treatment plant; the Red River Floodway; and CN Rail’s $35-million training centre in Transcona, the CN Campus.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 18/5/2016 (912 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Winnipeg’s best features will be on display the first week of June when more than 1,500 municipal officials from across Canada descend on the Manitoba capital.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is holding its annual meeting here, June 2-5.

It’s a convention, so, like any convention, the mayors, reeves and councillors from municipalities large and small will listen to speeches (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the keynote speaker on June 3), hammer out and approve policy resolutions, and take in workshops on 20 different municipal issues.

The civic politicians will also have time to tour some of the city’s popular destinations as well as exclusive inside looks at some spots not on a typical tourist map – the Brady landfill; the southwest transit corridor; a sewage treatment plant; the Red River Floodway; and CN Rail’s $35-million training centre in Transcona, the CN Campus.

"The conference is an opportunity to showcase Winnipeg and the great things happening here because there really are a lot of great things going on," said Coun. Jenny Gerbasi, Winnipeg’s longest serving city councillor, who has been actively involved in FCM for several years.

Gerbasi (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry) has risen up the FCM’s leadership rank. She had been second vice-president and was unopposed for 1st VP. The FCM’s executive officers will be affirmed June 5.

Gerbasi said planning for the four-day conference was in the works for several years. While FCM is responsible for the business end of the annual conference, the host city takes care of the social events and the local tours.

Winnipeg organized 25 different local tours and by mid-May, most of them were fully booked: tours of public art installations, and walking tours of Old St. Boniface, Central Park, downtown and the Exchange District. There’s even a tour by local music historian John Einarson of the city’s rock and roll roots. Similar tours have been organized for delegates’ companions.

"These are pretty nice things for people from far away to see," Gerbasi said. "We have experts who can tell some really great stories."

In addition to Trudeau, there will be appearance and speeches by NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. The Conservatives will be represented by South Surrey-White Rock MP Dianne Watts.

The heavy political presence here is no accident. The FCM has actively lobbied the political parties for years on several key issues, including new funding for infrastructure and transit, housing, and climate change mitigation. Gerbasi said the Liberals adopted many of the FCM positions for their successful federal campaign and FCM staff are working with government officials to implement those policies.

"FCM is the voice of the municipal sector in Canada and we have become an important voice," Gerbasi said. "We have a staff-to-staff relationship with the government that is very active and we have the political relationships. We’re working closely with Ottawa right now on the details of those programs."

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

FCM workshops Include

Budget 2016: What It Means For The Municipal Sector

Rail Talk: Grade Crossings, Proximity Issues and more

Winning Young: Cracking the Code At The Ballot Box

How "Smart" Can Help Reduce GHG Emission

Rural Town Hall

Study Tours Include

Innovative Infrastructure Delivery — Chief Peguis Trail Extension P3

Central Park Redevelopment

Winnipeg's Public Art

Winnipeg's Rock and Roll Roots

Red River Floodway

Urban Forest Tour

Downtown Development & Rejuvenation

 

Aldo Santin

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Aldo Santin is a veteran newspaper reporter who first carried a pen and notepad in 1978 and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1986, where he has covered a variety of beats and specialty areas including education, aboriginal issues, urban and downtown development. Santin has been covering city hall since 2013.

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