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Sunday , 26 September 2021
Mayor of Cold Lake Craig Copeland, middle back, at the Mid-sized Cities Mayors’ in Lethbirdge last week. Image submitted by City of Cold Lake.

Copeland talks with Premier Kenney, Minister Madu at Mid-sized Mayors’ Caucus

Mayor of Cold Lake Craig Copeland, middle back, at the Mid-sized Cities Mayors’ in Lethbirdge last week. Image submitted by City of Cold Lake. 

The City of Cold Lake was among other participants of the most recent Mid-sized Cities Mayors’ and Chief Administration Officers’ caucus meeting, where new opportunities were discussed.

“We want to make sure Cold Lake is represented at these meetings,” said Mayor Craig Copeland in a press release, who attended the event. “With so many municipal leaders in one place, it’s a great opportunity to discuss what hurdles our communities may be facing.”

Gathering in Lethbridge over two days last week, 22 Alberta municipalities discussed a variety of key issues, ranging from the mortgage stress test to a provincial drug strategy.

A portion of the meeting focused on the MacKinnon Report, with the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Kaycee Madu, outlining potential impact of the recommendations for municipalities.

On the second day, the caucus heard from Premier Jason Kenney, who spoke about how he will continue to partner with municipalities for economic growth, jobs, diversification, innovation, and opportunities to grow revenue.

“It was a promising discussion with the Premier and the Minister that the provincial government will be gearing toward a productive working relationship with our cities,” said Copeland.

Creating opportunity for business and trade, along with a predictable and stable revenue stream for the Mid-sized Cities was also a focus for the Mayors and CAOs.

“Together, our 22 cities and communities represent roughly one million Albertans,” said Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman. “We look forward to advancing the needs of those one million Albertans and advocating for the growth and prosperity of our communities.”

The Alberta Mid-sized Cities Mayors’ and CAOs’ caucus is comprised of 22 cities and towns from across the province.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.