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Alberta’s mid-sized city mayors call on provincial government for more consultation on municipal affairs

Grande Prairie Mayor Jackie Clayton was among half a dozen mid-size city officials to call on Premier Danielle Smith for more influence in decisions that affect municipalities.

Mayors representing Cochrane, Leduc, Airdrie, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, and Canmore joined Grande Prairie Mayor Jackie Clayton in Leduc for their annual Fall 2023 Mid-sized Cities Mayors Caucus (MCMC) meetings to reaffirm priorities, advocate for a provincial partnership, share resources, and determine next steps.

According to the MCMC, members of the caucus have concentrated their focus on five areas of mutual interest including: Safety and wellness, healthcare, housing, building relationships, and equitable capital funding.

MCMC Chair Cochrane Mayor Jeff Genung says the caucus has asked the Premier for a “dedicated liaison” into the provincial government.

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“We want to be a partner with the Province to move important fiscal, social, and infrastructure priorities forward,” he says.

The MCMC is scheduled to host their first annual conference in Canmore in January 2024.

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