3 MAYORS ON A ROAD TRIP
To Federation of Canadian Municipalities meeting
Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart, Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore and Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay are in a 31-foot recreational vehicle somewhere in Alberta, Sunday. Destination: Niagara Falls, Ont. ETA: Just in time for the annual meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. They will discuss local issues among themselves and chronicle the trip on social media and on townhaul.ca.
4,500km THEY HEADED OUT FRIDAY
With epic ground to cover, a chance to chew political cud
The trip across five provinces will give the mayors lots of time to discuss issues in the communities they visit, including the fact that many towns and cities face the same problems, including aging infrastructure and what to do about the effects of climate change. They want to share what they know with other municipal leaders and compare problems and solutions.
7+3-4 DAYS ON THE ROAD
So plenty of time for side trips and enjoying a few sites
They plan to take seven days to get to Niagara Falls and three to four days to get back. The trio will be sharing the tight quarters of the RV and are prepared for some turf wars or conflicts from cabin fever and taking turns driving. “We’ve known each other for five years and our relationship has been great, but that’s about to end,” joked Clay.
23 STOPS ALONG THE WAY
Chance to meet other mayors, mingle with Canadians
Their first stop was Golden, B.C., a 10-hour drive from Vancouver on Day 1, and they wanted to make sure they made it to Calgary for the grand opening of the airport tunnel. “We’re getting a lot of people emailing us, asking us to visit them, too,” said Clay.
650km DAILY DISTANCE GOAL
The trio will also regularly post updates on social media
The RV is equipped with a mobile boardroom, from which they plan to tweet, blog, and process video and photos they’ll shoot along the way. They see the trip, which includes a visit with CBC TV personality Rick Mercer, as a chance to draw attention to municipal issues across most of the country. Clay said they were sponsored by various businesses and the trip won’t cost taxpayers.