A County of Grande Prairie Councillor says attending the Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference over the weekend in Ottawa will help her make better decisions.
Karen Rosvold says it is important for newer councillors like her to attend meetings like this.
“Because I have been in for just over a year, this is my first FCM. For me, my thoughts are, the more educated I am about what’s going on within the municipal politics, then the better decisions I can make. It’s extremely important for us to attend this, just for that fact.”
One main discussion topic was the federal government’s new, $200-million infrastructure bank.
“It sounds like a lot of money, but it’s actually over 10 years and it’s spread across the whole country, so there’s a lot of concern that the big cities and the big municipalities are going to get a lot of the funding and they’re going to forget about our smaller, rural municipalities,” says Rosvold.
Rosvold says she is bringing home some lessons on what she calls stakeholder engagement.
“They had a lot of interesting concepts on how to encourage our residents to actually come out and help us make the decisions that need to be made and making sure they’re aware of what’s going on so that we don’t have too many concerns after the fact.”
Rosvold says the Federation is encouraging more women to run in municipal elections. It wants parity between men and women on councils by 2025.