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Wilson announces municipal leaders’ summit

One-day gathering set for July 14

Liberal MP Blair Wilson is organizing a one-day summit of municipal and aboriginal representatives from his West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country riding this Friday in Sechelt.

“The Municipal Leaders Summit will bring together mayors, councillors and First Nations leaders from Powell River to Whistler, something that has never been done before,” Wilson said in a release. “There is so much we can learn from each others' experiences by getting together. The insight and ideas we will share will help us better meet the pressing needs of our communities.”

The summit will be hosted by the District of Sechelt and held at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt on Friday, July 14th.Roundtable sessions with the delegates will address tax revenue sharing, intergovernmental relations, and arts and culture funding and development.

Delegates are expected from the City of Powell River, the District of North Vancouver, the District of Sechelt, the District of Squamish, the District of West Vancouver, the Municipality of Bowen Island, the Municipality of Lions Bay, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Squamish Lillooet Regional District, the Sunshine Coast Regional District, and the Town of Gibsons. Mayors in attendance will include Richard Walton (North Vancouver), Cameron Reid (Sechelt-host), Ian Sutherland (Squamish), Max Wyman (Lions Bay) and Barry Janyk (Gibsons).

Wilson, chair of the B.C. Caucus of the Liberal Party, brought together municipal representatives from his riding at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual meeting, held last month in Montreal.