moved for leave to introduce Bill C-647, An Act to expand the object of the federal regional development agencies.
He said: Mr. Speaker, this bill has four objectives.
To begin, it would broaden the mandates of the federal regional development agencies to include not only economic development in the regions and their communities, but also sustainable development, promotion of social and cultural affairs and environmental protection.
It would also ensure that the agencies work in partnership with municipalities, SMEs, not-for-profit organizations and communities to achieve their new objectives.
In addition, it would facilitate the reallocation of funds that are currently managed by various departments working in silos in order to create a single access point, which would increase access to these funds and reduce red tape.
To conclude, Forces et Démocratie wants the agencies to ensure that development in the regions and communities responds better to actual needs.