Mayors from across Atlantic Canada will descend on Halifax this week to try to figure out how they’ll tackle a faltering economy.

Economic growth will be one of the key topics at the Atlantic Mayors’ Congress, which meets twice per year. Other topics on the agenda include immigration, culture and creativity, sustainability, air transportation, operational finance and infrastructure.

The Congress, which boasts 21 members, also works to lobby federal and provincial governments. They meet in Halifax from today until Saturday.


Federal NDP Leader Jack Layton will be the guest speaker for the mayors’ luncheon on Friday. The former Toronto councillor, will speak on economic stimulus through federal financing of infrastructure projects.

The mayors will also meet with the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Nova Scotia Gateway Initiative and various government departments.

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