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Lethbridge delegation pushes for local airport funding at FCM convention

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A delegation from Lethbridge City Council spent that last week in Quebec City at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) convention.

Mayor Chris Spearman tells My Lethbridge they had a very positive meeting with the federal infrastructure department on how to secure funding for the Lethbridge airport.

“So we are looking at airport operations funding as well as terminal building funding. They certainly say the money is available federally, so it just needs cooperation from the province. We need to work with the province to figure out how to green light that money.

The Lethbridge Airport Master Plan would cost about $ 35 million dollars over 20 years to implement. The infrastructure review shows upgrades are needed to the air terminal building, airfield, groundside and parking.

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Spearman notes the FCM heard from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who stated Ottawa continues to provide infrastructure money, however the provinces are finding ways to block it from getting to where it’s needed. The Mayor says the PM said if that continues to happen, the federal government might take control of infrastructure funding and give that directly to cities and towns instead of it coming from the provinces.

Spearman says the important thing is to make sure municipal priorities are listened to. “We’re not asking for a lot of money four our airport (in Lethbridge) but certainly it would be helpful to move that project forward sooner than later.”

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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