THE REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF PEEL

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE

MINUTES GRC-2008-10

The Government Relations Committee (GRC) met on December 4, 2008 at 1:35 p.m. in the 5 th Floor Boardroom, Regional Administrative Headquarters, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton.

 
Members:

G. Carlson; A. Groves E. Kolb; G. Miles; J. Sanderson; A. Thompson

   

 

 
Members Absent:

S. Fennell

   
 
Also Present:

C. Clifford, Director, Strategic Innovation and Policy; L. Rubin, Project Leader, Strategic Projects; D. Hodkin, Public Affairs Associate; K. Ward, Commissioner, Human Services; J. Menard, Director, Human Services; N. McLeod, Manager, Strategic Social Policy; E. Zamparo, Manager, Corporate Finance; R. Martin, Committee Clerk

Chaired by Vice-Chair Councillor A. Thompson


1. DECLARATIONS OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST - Nil

2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA

RECOMMENDATION GRC-18-2008:

That the agenda for the December 4, 2008 Government Relations Committee meeting be approved.


3. REPORTS

  a) Review and Confirmation of Government Relations Committee Priority Issues: Reducing Poverty; Affordable Housing; Immigration; Employment Insurance, and; Health Care (Oral)
      Discussion led by Councillor A. Thompson, Chair, Government Relations Committee

Received

Curry Clifford, Director, Strategic Innovation and Policy, reported that on December 16, 2008, the federal Finance Minister will meet with his provincial counterparts and on January 16, 2009, the Prime Minister will host a meeting with provincial Premiers. These meetings could provide an opportunity to remind the federal and provincial governments of the needs in the Region of Peel.

Chair Kolb stated that there may be an opportunity for the Region, along with its three municipal partners, to advise the two federal representatives of the capital ten year programs of all four municipalities, in order to advance those projects.

Chair Kolb stated that in order to raise these issues during the consultation process leading up to a January 27, 2009 federal budget presentation, the Region will need to produce a proposal in early January.

RECOMMENDATION GRC-18-2008:

That staff develop action plans to accompany the policy positions identified by Regional Council during the 2008 federal election, for consideration at the December 18, 2008 Government Relations Committee meeting;

And further, that the Government Relations Committee continue to communicate to the federal government on the following policy positions:

• Reducing poverty;
• Affordable housing;
• Immigration;
• Employment Insurance: and
• Health Care

And further, that the Government Relations Committee identify and advocate on additional public policy areas affecting the economic competitiveness of the Region of Peel, including long-term, sustainable funding for infrastructure and goods movement projects.


4. COMMUNICATIONS - Nil


5. OTHER BUSINESS - Nil

6. NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Government Relations Committee is scheduled for Thursday, December 18, 2008, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Regional Administrative Headquarters, 5th Floor Boardroom, 10 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton, Ontario.

Please forward regrets to Christine Thomson, Committee Clerk, (905) 791-7800, extension 4582 or to christine.thomson@peelregion.ca.


7. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 1:47 p.m.