A Study on Amalgamation
In Saanich, let’s not fear democracy or knowledge.
While it is unclear whether amalgamation or shared services without amalgamation would bring benefits to Saanich, it is clear that numerous Saanich voters want well researched information on this issue for Saanich and the region.
As a candidate in the upcoming election, I have asked our Mayor and Council to put the question:
“Do you support a study of the issue of amalgamation for Saanich”, on the November 15th ballot.
As I visit homes across Saanich voters have raised the topics of amalgamation and of possible benefits from shared services and cost efficiences without amalgamation. While existing studies of other cities show mixed results on efficiencies, service provision and cost savings, Saanich residents deserve the opportunity for information, if the ballot question reveals support.
A well-designed and objective study would examine the pros and cons of amalgamation as well as shared services without amalgamation for Saanich. This is a reasonable and appropriate request from the voters and I believe it should be supported by the Mayor and Council. In addition, I call upon all other candidates to join me in this request.
In the interest of providing information on the amalgamation debate, please see these websites and documents which present the benefits and the drawbacks that others have experienced.
Capital Region Municipal Amalgamation Society's Website: Click here.
Pro-Am Party Association's website: Click here.
Municipal amalgamations in Atlantic Canada and beyond: Why amalgamate?: Click here.
Surviving and thriving in an irrational world: A talk to the Alberta Union of Municipal Associations: Click here.
Reassessing Local Government Amalgamation: Quebec’s Liberal Government Establishes Process for Municipal Demerger: Click here.
The Financial Implications of Amalgamation: The Case of the City of Toronto: Click here.
Globalization Does Not Require Amalgamation: Click here.
Amalgamation Background Materials: Click here.