For Immediate Release

August 2nd, 2015

 Statement on 42nd Federal Election Call

The following is a statement by Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie following this morning’s federal election call:

“Since becoming mayor of Mississauga, I have worked closely with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and mayors John Tory, Gregor Robertson, Naheed Nenshi, and Mike Savage, among others, to ensure local issues are on the national agenda.

“With gridlock costing the Greater Toronto Area’s economy up to an estimated $11 billion annually, the 42nd federal election must be a wide-ranging debate about the ideas, plans and action federal party leaders will take to support Canada’s cities.

“The priorities of Mississauga are the priorities of the majority of Canadians, and all roads to form national government run through Mississauga. During this election, I will continue to press for dedicated and predictable funding for public transit and infrastructure; new efforts to ignite local economic development opportunities to attract job-creating investments; and increased support to build more affordable housing.

“The mayors of FCM’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus have called for each mayor to host a debate with local candidates in their community, and our City Council has voted to host a debate during the 2015 federal election with a specific focus on Mississauga.

“Finally, as a former Member of Parliament, I would like to acknowledge all candidates who have put their names forward to serve the people of Mississauga in Ottawa. Seeking public office requires immense personal and professional sacrifices but it is a tremendously rewarding opportunity.

“I wish all candidates competing throughout our City a spirited exchange of ideas to make Mississauga an even better place to call home.”