This page is dedicated to providing you with information on SUMA’s advocacy campaign during the 42nd Federal Election. Here you will find information on the key issues we’ll be raising (in various forms), links to social media platforms, and recent articles relating to the issues we are championing. Please check back often, as this page will be updated throughout the course of the election campaign until Canadians go to the polls on October 19, 2015.
For the 2015 Federal Election Campaign, SUMA has identified four key themes that we will be discussing in a variety of forums throughout the campaign:
- Public safety
- Quality of life
- The mandatory long-form census
We are calling on all federal parties to present platforms that:
- empower municipalities to ensure our communities are safe, affordable, provide a high standard of living, and attract investment and jobs;
- provide proper funding to build modern and climate-resistant infrastructure and ensure existing infrastructure meets national standards;
- increase access to affordable housing; and
- allow municipalities to plan and monitor their changing communities and ensure they receive accurate per capita funding from other orders of government through the return of the long-form census.
As part of our advocacy efforts, we will also be working closely with our partners at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The FCM’s national campaign, Hometown Proud
, will bring attention to common issues facing municipalities across the country. This campaign includes A Roadmap for a Strong Canada
, which we encourage you to review.
Important Resources from SUMA
These documents will explain the key messages and background of the issues SUMA is highlighting in this campaign. Review these carefully to ensure you understand the issues. Print versions of these are also being sent to member municipalities, with a copy of each for council members and one for administration.
Municipal Issues Backgrounder
Letters to the Editor Templates
These Word documents are provided for you to personalize with your municipality's information and send to your local newspaper(s). We will be focussing our advocacy work on one issue per week, so send your letters in for the corresponding week below.
(week of September 14)
Letter to Candidates Template
This Word document is another one for you to personalize on behalf of your municipality. When it is personalized, you can send a copy to each candidate in your riding.
Questions for Political Debates
The following debate questions have been prepared for you to use at any local candidate debates in your community. There is one question for each of the issues outlined in the Municipal Issues Backgrounder, including some context. Feel free to personalize the questions with issues from your municipality.
This document is a quick-view guide to what the three major parties' platforms and announcements contain compared to the needs and fixes we've identified.
Other Online Resources
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
Amplify Your Voice
Throughout the election campaign, we encourage you to share and retweet our social media content, as well as that of the FCM. We’ve also included a list of suggested hashtags to get our messages spread as widely as possible — and to those who need to see them.
SUMA Social Media Platforms
FCM Social Media Platforms
In the News