City Councillor Attends National FCM Meeting

City Councillor Attends National FCM Meeting
Posted on 03/20/2019
Councillor Mitchell Tweel was joined by municipal leaders from across the country in Penticton, B.C., to discuss the goals and objectives of Canada’s local governments at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Spring Board Meeting.

As the governments closest to people’s daily challenges, local governments work hard to build better lives for their communities. And with 2019 being a pivotal year, members discussed how to ensure municipal challenges are front and center during the upcoming fall federal election.

“Canadians expect all of their governments to work together to get more done,” said FCM President Vicki-May Hamm. “The FCM Board of Directors is a critical part of ensuring municipal realities—whether it’s fiscal strain, challenges facing local industries, or success stories—are recognized at the federal level.”

A significant part of our message to the federal government is the recommendation to modernize our partnership and bring all orders of government together at one table. It’s just common sense that local governments work closely with the federal government in order to address challenges on the ground in our communities.

Councillor Mitchell Tweel was endorsed by City Council earlier this year to represent the City of Charlottetown on the FCM’s Board of Directors. The term is for a three month period until the election of candidates for Board of Directors takes place May 30 – June 2, 2019.

“It is an honour and privilege to represent not only the Capital City, but all of Prince Edward Island, at the FCM Spring Board Meeting,” said Councillor Mitchell Tweel. “Opening up the discussion for challenges that islanders are currently facing in our community was one of my top priorities. The recent announcement of 1 Billion dollars into the Green Municipal Fund and 2.2 Billion in the Gas Tax program, are proof that these meetings are worthwhile investments in working with the Federal Government to continue to bring forward the concerns from the community.”

Councillor Tweel represented the 63 municipalities and communities from across PEI and brought forward concerns such as: accessible and affordable housing, improved accessibility to transit, increased broadband internet access in rural areas and moving towards becoming a more environmentally sustainable community.

Across Canada, in communities large and small, urban and rural, municipalities are the order of government closest to people’s lives. Their local solutions are helping tackle national challenges—from growth and productivity to climate change—and are building a more livable, competitive Canada.

FCM is the national voice of municipal government in Canada. Its Board of Directors represents communities of all sizes from coast to coast to coast.

Councillor Tweel was appointed as a Charlottetown City Council representative on the National FCM Board on February 28, 2019. Previously, Councillor Tweel was elected as the Queens County Cities/Towns representative on the FPEIM Board in 2000. He held the position until April 2007. He also served as: chairperson of the FPEIM Resolutions Committee from 2000 – 2004; member of the FPEIM Finance Committee in 2000; chairperson of the FPEIM Finance Committee from 2002 until 2004; member of the FPEIM Human Resources Committee from January 2004 – May 2004; FPEIM Nominating Committee member from 2004 – 2007; and member of the federation’s Policy Committee from 2004 – 2007. Councillor Tweel was also elected to the position of Vice-President Cities/Towns in June 2002 and re-elected annually until April 2007. Appointed to the FPEIM Board by the City of Charlottetown in January 2015 and remains a member of the Board. Served as a member of the PPEIM Resolutions Committee from January 2015 – January 2019 and currently serves as the Chair of the FPEIM Constitution Committee from February 2019 – present.