Municipal victories: Rebuilding Canada's progressive future

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This new year is a big year in municipal politics. There will be municipal elections in BC, Manitoba, The Northwest Territories, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Yukon. That's over half of Canada.

A lot of people look at municipal politics as the nuts and bolts level of politics, more concerned with taking care of the stuff of daily life like roads, water mains and parking.  And while it's true a lot of local issues don’t deal with big national concerns, what happens in a local community affects everybody's lives in a very direct way. So there's truth to the statement that "all politics are local".

Today's talk comes from the Progress Summit, organized by the Broadbent Institute in April 2017. The session was called Municipal Victories: Rebuilding Canada's Progressive Future and addresses how to build our communities in accordance with principles of justice, equity and sustainability.

This panel was recorded in April 2017, so there have been some elections since then. But everybody on this panel is back in power. One of the panelists, Valerie Plante, got a promotion. She's now mayor of Montreal. That’s progress.

Moderator: Michal Hay


  1. Charlie Clark- Mayor of Saskatoon
  2. Lindell Smith - Halifax City Councillor
  3. Mohamed Salih - London City Councillor
  4. Valérie Plante - speaking as Leader, Projet Montréal (she is now mayor of Montreal)

This panel was recorded at the Progress Summit in April 2017. Thanks to the Summit organizers and the Broadbent Institute for allowing us to rebroadcast.

Image: Wikipedia - Saskatoon Skyline by Night

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