SUMA Kicking Off 2019 Federal Election Advocacy Campaign

September 11, 2019

The Federal election has been officially called and Canadians will head to the polls on October 21 to elect Canada's 43rd Parliament. 

Leading up to that day, SUMA will be bringing important municipal issues to the federal forefront. In advance of the 2019 federal election, SUMA is calling on all federal parties to present platforms that:

  • create a new federal-municipal relationship where municipalities can manage their assets and make meaningful investments through Gas Tax and Cannabis Excise Tax revenues.
  • give municipalities the tools to build climate-resilient infrastructure, manage and plan for natural disasters, and reduce and recycle plastic waste.
  • provide a seat at the table for municipalities to meaningfully engage in infrastructure planning and prioritization of projects and develop infrastructure funding structures that offer consistent funding.

Online, SUMA has created a Federal Election Advocacy Hub dedicated to providing information on SUMA's advocacy campaign during the 43rd federal election. On the hub, there is information on key issues, which fall under these three themes:

  • A New Federal-Municipal Relationship
  • Tools to Building Sustainable Communities
  • A Say in Infrastructure Funding

The election hub includes links to tools for muncicipal officials to use at the local level throughout the campaign, including:

  • a municipal issues backgrounder that covers the key issues, messages, and background on SUMA's three themes;
  • letters muncicipal officials can send to local media;
  • a letter municipal officials can send to local candidates in their constituency;
  • online resources;
  • SUMA and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) social media platforms; and
  • recent media articles relating to the issues SUMA is championing.

SUMA is also compiling information on each party's platform and where they stand on municipal issues. That document will be updated with information as it becomes available.

Later this month, SUMA is planning to host an online federal election forum.

SUMA will be updating the advocacy hub until Canadians go to the polls on October 21.