As Londoners prepare to head to the polls for the federal election on October 21, the City of London has developed “Ask About London” – a suite of resources for Londoners looking to connect with federal candidates on community priorities and local topics. These resources, available at london.ca/FederalElection, describe priorities within our community that will require partnerships between all orders of government to address.
Londoners can use these resources to ask each candidate how they would work with the City to develop solutions to important priorities including Mental Health and Addictions, Housing, Economic Prosperity and Jobs, and Climate Change. These documents highlight the City’s priorities with supporting information targeted towards federal government roles and responsibilities. Residents can also draw upon a series of pre-developed questions when speaking with federal candidates at the door or during all-candidates meetings.
Also available online will be the results of an All-Party Survey developed by the City and which will be sent to party leaders to showcase party positions on London’s priorities. The survey will give insight into how each local candidate’s platform aligns with key London initiatives and priorities.
“It’s critically important for Londoners to engage with the candidates who are seeking their vote, especially on issues of such local significance,” said Mayor Ed Holder. “The federal government has an integral role to play in London’s success, and we owe it to ourselves, and our city, to ensure our voice is heard loud and clear. It’s our hope this information will assist Londoners in participating in constructive, meaningful dialogue with local candidates about issues that truly matter.”
The Ask About London resources support the broader federal election campaign of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). FCM has launched Building Better Lives, a comprehensive municipal platform which calls on all national parties to commit to modernizing how governments work together, to get more done for the Canadians cities and communities serve. The platform is a call to improve Canadians’ quality of life by empowering the local governments closest to their daily challenges. London, through Councillor Josh Morgan, Federation of Canadian Municipalities National Board of Directors Member, has had a lead role in developing and distributing FCM’s election advocacy. Londoners can use the Building Better Lives platform to track how each of the parties measures up on issues that matter to local communities, view party platforms, and can take action by tweeting directly at local election candidates.
“It’s clear to all that city-building is nation-building,” says Councillor Josh Morgan, Federation of Canadian Municipalities National Board of Directors Member. “At home, we are encouraging Londoners to ask about London when candidates are at your door. Across the country, FCM is providing important tools to connect directly with candidates on local priorities.”