Halton Regional Councillors appointed to FCM Board of Directors

Halton Regional Councillors appointed to FCM Board of Directors

Release Date: Jun 5, 2017

On June 4, 2017, Regional Councillor Blair Lancaster was elected to the Board of Directors, Ontario Caucus for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) at their Annual General Meeting in Ottawa. FCM has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. FCM plays an important role in advocating to ensure the needs of municipalities are reflected in federal policies and programs.

Regional Councillor and Past President of FCM, Clark Somerville remains on the Board of Directors, also as Halton’s representative. Councillor Somerville finished his term of FCM President after a year of advocacy and policy building alongside the federal government. Municipalities are now at the decision making table of the federal government, more than before, and Councillor Somerville’s efforts contributed greatly to this.

"On behalf of Regional Council, I'm very pleased to congratulate Councillor Lancaster on her election to the Board of Directors. Her advocacy experience, role on Regional Council and business background will be a great asset as she works with Councillor Somerville to represent Halton’s interests at the Board,” commented Regional Chair Gary Carr. “I would also like to thank Councillor Somerville for his efforts and work as FCM President in bringing Halton’s issues to the federal government and I'm looking forward to continuing our work together."

“It’s been a great opportunity to be able to represent Halton at the national and international stage,” said Regional Councillor Clark Somerville. “I look forward to working with Councillor Lancaster and continuing to advance the issues of the residents of Halton.”

“I’m humbled to have been elected to the Ontario Caucus of the Board of Directors”, said Regional Councillor Blair Lancaster. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues across the country to advocate for the issues that are important to municipalities.”

FCM’s successful advocacy with the federal government has assisted in bringing significant benefits to Halton Region over the last number of years. From the GST refund to the permanent federal gas tax fund, and now the federal government’s new, long-term infrastructure plan to build the roads, bridges, water and transportation systems. To view some of Halton’s advocacy efforts to support Halton’s residents, visit halton.ca/advocacy. For more information on FCM, visit www.fcm.ca.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.

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Media Contact:
Mabel Watt
Manager, Policy Integration
Halton Region
Policy Integration & Communications Division
905-825-6088
mabel.watt@halton.ca