- you are misquoting them. They said that 80% of Canadians live in urban settings (i.e. areas), which is common knowledge.
And I completely disagree with your on the role of the federal government in municipal affairs. For one, YOU ought to read the constitution, line by line. The constitution only grants exclusive legislative
authority over cities to the provinces. The constitution in no way bans the federal government from being involved, provided no provincial statutes exist that prevent them from doing so.
In other words, the federal government can set up a national urban policy, or a national transportation policy, or a national housing policy, and these would be perfectly constitutional so long as they were opt-in programs.