On May 2, 2011 the following federal candidates were elected in Mississauga ridings:
Bramalea-Gore-Malton: Bal Gosal
Mississauga-Brampton South: Eve Adams
Mississauga East-Cooksville: Wladyslaw Lizon
Mississauga-Erindale: Robert Dechert
Mississauga-South: Stella Ambler
Mississauga-Streetsville: Brad Butt
(Preliminary Results information as shown on the Elections Canada website)
On behalf of the Mississauga City Council, thank you for your continued participation in the
municipal process. On May 2, 2011, we will elect the next Government of
Canada. More than ever before, municipalities across Canada are asking the federal
government to help stimulate our economy, to keep our citizens safe, to maintain our municipal
infrastructure and to keep our quality of life strong.
Our country has weathered the worldwide economic downturn better than most countries over
the past three years, but not without difficulty. While economic recovery is occurring,
it is still fragile. Your City Council understands this and is working hard to ensure the
City of Mississauga emerges to a brighter future.
This federal election is critical to municipalities. We need real help on some very
real and growing issues, and all candidates running for federal office must understand these
local concerns and give support. For every local tax dollar collected, cities get only 9
cents; the federal government gets 55 cents. Considering the scope of services that
your city and region provide, it is clear that municipalities are required to fund an extensive
list of programs with a very small portion of the overall tax dollar. We need federal
In 2011, our two priority issues are municipal infrastructure and public transit:
a. Municipal Infrastructure:
Canada's national infrastructure deficit is estimated at $124 billion; Mississauga’s
municipal infrastructure deficit is $1.5 billion. Based on historical costs, an annual
injection of $77 million is required to close Mississauga's infrastructure funding gap.
Though there has been significant construction and repair throughout our city in the past few
years, the municipal infrastructure deficit continues to grow.
To help stem the tide against the economic downturn, all three orders of government joined
forces to stimulate the economy and put people back to work. For Mississauga this was a
positive event. The Infrastructure Stimulus Fund (ISF) and the Recreation Infrastructure Canada
Fund (RInC) provided $104 million to the City of Mississauga from the provincial and federal
governments (with an additional $65 million the City provided) which supported the construction
of 138 projects.
While the City was grateful for these funds, this was one-time funding only. To
truly maintain our infrastructure in a state of good repair, permanent sustainable funding is
required. The City of Mississauga's ten year capital forecast shows $432 million in
capital projects and lifecycle replacement costs as unfunded. Clearly, one-time funding
will not meet the needs of municipalities in reducing the overwhelming municipal infrastructure
Across Canada there has been much discussion and analysis on the state of municipal
infrastructure including advocacy by FCM and the inaugural National Infrastructure Summit held
in January, 2011, hosted by the City of Regina. The request to the federal government was
clear, that there must be a commitment to develop a new, long-term, infrastructure investment
strategy that will renew the Building Canada Plan which is due to expire in 2014.
The question that candidates should answer is:
Will your party commit to developing a new, long-term, sustainable infrastructure
investment plan to replace the Building Canada Plan when it expires in 2014?
b. Public Transit:
Residents and business owners across the City of Mississauga continue to tell us that reliable,
efficient public transit is one of their biggest needs. This does not only mean a great
bus system to move within the City, but also a higher-order transit systems (light rail
transit, bus rapid transit, etc.) on inter-regional corridors, linking riders between
municipalities on a multi-modal transportation system in the Greater Toronto Area and
beyond. Systems such as these can truly transform communities, but come with a very
significant capital investment.
Mississauga's goal is to double the transit ridership from 11% to 22% over the next four
decades. To meet this, work is underway on designing higher-order systems and mobility
hubs, improving travel times, developing parking strategies that support transit, directing
growth to support public transit, etc. The City's 2011 capital budget shows transit as
42% of the total capital budget ($98.8 m) but a number of important transit projects remain
The City of Mississauga is not alone on their desire for a safe, reliable, efficient,
inter-regional system. The provincial government, the Canadian Urban Transit Association
(CUTA), the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the Association of Municipalities of
Ontario (AMO) and almost all urban areas within Canada are working toward the same thing.
We are still the only OECD country without a national transit investment framework.
The question that candidates should answer is:
Will your party commit to the creation of a comprehensive national transit policy
framework and investment strategy including the indexation of the gas tax for
We need the federal government to come to the table on issues of national municipal
importance. I will be writing to all of the federal candidates to ask these questions and
will post their responses on our City's website for your information. I encourage you to
ask your local candidates about these important municipal issues as well - together we can use
our collective voter power on these critical issues.
HAZEL McCALLION, C.M., LL.D.