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Cities need more power to meet the needs of Canada’s urban population

Published on 13/09/2010

Policy in Focus, Issue 13

Unless Canada’s large cities have more control of their destinies, they will continue to compete against other great cities with one hand tied behind their back, argues Alan Broadbent in Urban Nation, a book available at and featured in this issue of Maytree Policy in Focus (PDF). He proposes giving cities more power and more autonomy, and redrawing provincial boundaries to recognize the size and importance of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.

Watch Alan Broadbent’s webinar “Why we need to give power back to the cities to make Canada strong.”

Read the Maytree Policy in Focus (PDF).


Cities and communities, Civic engagement


Profiles the book, Urban Nation, which argues that cities need greater autonomy to meet the needs of their population.