Representatives from cities across Canada are trying to come up with a consensus stand on oil pipelines.
Coun. Nancy Bepple is among those at the table for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' environment committee, discussing issues around pipelines and resource extraction.
"I don't think there's consensus around the table. There are areas of the country where they're producing oil, and areas where there are pipelines going through and terminuses like Vancouver," she said Wednesday.
"There's a ways to go in terms of getting consensus on it. If we can reach a consensus, we have a unified voice when we lobby the feds. If not, we won't have a position from the FCM."
Bepple said the FCM session, taking place in St. John's, N.L., is also getting into planning for the 2015 federal election. The national municipal organization wants to ensure all political parties running for election know what the FCM's issues are, she said.
"Call it election readiness."
The FCM session started Wednesday and involves meetings that go until Saturday. The federation succeeded in its lobby to have federal infrastructure funding pinned down for the next 10 years, but Bepple said it is now moving the focus to housing.
"We're going to try to make it a bigger issue for the federal government," she said, noting the Homelessness Action Plan has estimated Kamloops alone is short by 2,000 affordable housing units.
"It's an issue across the country."