Grande Prairie City Councillor Jackie Clayton was in the nations capital over the weekend to take in the annual Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference.
She was glad to hear a serious discussion about women and youth in politics take place.
“It was a nice opportunity to sort of see what other communities are doing to engage more women in politics. As well, there was an opportunity to have a discussion on how to engage more young people in municipal politics. I thought that was a great addition in discussion this year,” Clayton explained.
There was plenty to take in and Clayton did her best to diversify the issues she sat in on.
“I attended an anti-poverty session that was really informative, where the City of Edmonton, the City of Toronto and a rural community from Ontario spoke. It provided some good perspective into programs that they’re running within their communities,” Clayton said. “There was climate discussions, and Canada 150 discussions. It sort of just gives you a broad perspective of things happening with other municipalities across Canada.”
A topic of focus this year was the federal government’s $200 million infrastructure bank. Clayton says she was unfortunately unable to attend those discussions, but is happy with her overall experience.