I’d like to offer my congratulations to Mayor Elect Ed Holder and the new City Council.
London made history this week with the first ever Canadian municipal election determined by ranked balloting. Thank you to all of the City of London staff who worked tirelessly to ensure it was a success.
I would like to take this final newsletter as an opportunity to offer my thanks for working with me over the past eight years to make London a better place, first as a City Councillor and then as your Mayor.
There are so many people who care so deeply about our incredible city and I truly believe we have taken massive steps toward creating the city we want for our children and grandchildren.
Through the London Plan and our Strategic Plan we have accomplished so much.
We advocated for a $40-billion National Housing Strategy to protect our most vulnerable, we made transit free for children under 12 and more affordable for those experiencing poverty. We secured funding for our transformational Bus Rapid Transit system. We took steps toward mending relationships with our First Nations partners. We have become a leader in arts and culture through our Music City strategy, securing the JUNO awards for 2019. We also can’t forget about transforming Dundas Place, reconnecting with our riverfront and building active transportation networks.
We’ve seen growth with the expansion of our post-secondary campuses, notably two new Fanshawe College buildings in our downtown core. We are changing the London skyline as we build inward and upward.
As we move forward we must continue to ensure that London is open for business and a city that can attract and retain talent. As the 11th largest city in Canada, we have so much to be proud of and I hope Londoners will continue to build on that.
Mayor Matt Brown