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14 municipalities officially amalgamate to seven

Fourteen municipalities have officially amalgamated under the controversial Bill 33, the province said today.

The marriages of the 14 municipalities to seven were officially blessed by cabinet today.

The newly amalgamated municipalities are:

  • the rural municipalities (RMs) of Strathcona and Riverside to create the RM of Prairie Lakes;
  • the RMs of Sifton and Oak Lake to create the RM of Sifton;
  • the Village of Glenboro and the RM of South Cypress to create the Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress;
  • the RM of McCreary and the Village of McCreary to create the Municipality of McCreary;
  • the RMs of Minto and Odanah to create the RM of Minto-Odanah;
  • the RMs of Langford and North Cypress to create the RM of North Cypress-Langford; and
  • the Town of Ste. Rose Du Lac and the RM of Ste. Rose to create the Municipality of Ste. Rose.

The province says a total of 85 municipalities that have fewer than 1,000 residents are required to submit an amalgamation under the Municipal Amalgamations Act in time for the October 2014 municipal elections.

The amalgamations come a week after the Association of Manitoba Municipalities said it and five municipalities would go to court in an attempt to block what it says is the "forced nature" of the Selinger government's merger plan.

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