Two local politicians elected to national advocacy organization

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The Regional District of Central Kootenay will have a “big voice” at the national level when it comes to municipal issues, thanks to the election of two local politicians to a federal lobby group’s board of directors.

Silverton Councillor Leah Main and Kaslo Mayor Suzan Hewat were both acclaimed to the board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) at the national group’s annual conference in Regina earlier this month. Main will serve her eighth term as FCM director and fourth consecutive term as BC Caucus chair, heading up the 10-member caucus. This will be Hewat’s first term on the FCM board, after serving three years as a non-board committee member.

“After two years of working on the front lines to support Canadians during the pandemic, there’s still much work to do to tackle our country’s greatest challenges, like the housing crisis and protecting our communities from climate extremes,” said Main. “Municipal leaders were loud and clear in Regina; we’re eager to continue working with our federal partners to take these issues head on, because when our orders of government work together, we move this country forward.”

“If we want to get this recovery moving, we need to be in touch with what is happening every day in our communities and make sure local issues are brought to Ottawa,” said Hewat. “We know that our country’s recovery starts in our communities – where people live, work, and raise families – and as frontline governments, we understand the challenges people face in their daily lives. That makes us key to Canada’s recovery and we’re coming back home from this conference energized and eager to work with our federal and provincial partners to get the job done.”

As FCM board members, the two RDCK directors will help set policy priorities that reflect the concerns of municipal governments and affiliate members from coast to coast. Among the areas the FCM will be focusing on are public transportation, housing, rural health, and federal-municipal relationships.

The FCM board of directors has 70 members and meets three times a year. The local politicians’ participation and travel is paid for by the national organization.

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