Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Leave amalgamation to grassroots

Letter to Editor, Times Colonist, February 19, 2014

Good for the Capital Regional District leaving the decision to initiate amalgamation discussions with individual municipalities.

Should any two or more municipalities want to explore amalgamation with each other, the option already exists to explore that. While the Community Charter rightly guarantees no forced amalgamations (by the province), it provides the option to use the Local Government Act to amalgamate, provided a proper vote has taken place within each affected municipality (at their cost).

The charter and Local Government Act respect the principle of democracy from the grassroots up rather than a topdown approach.  It is at the local level, in our individual, varied and unique municipalities, that democracy should and can still flourish.

Mona Brash, North Saanich