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Final MB mergers move forward

Manitoba’s municipal amalgamation process is complete, Municipal Minister Stan Struthers says.

The last of 85 municipalities required to amalgamate under the province’s merger plan recently submitted their paperwork, which was approved by cabinet Wednesday.

Struthers said it means 47 mergers have been approved, bringing the number of municipalities in the province to 135 from 196.

"The next phase in this is to have these municipalities ready themselves for the next election in October," Struthers said. "There’s still a lot of work to do."

The province said 85 municipalities that had fewer than 1,000 residents had to amalgamate before the fall election under the Municipal Amalgamations Act.

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities challenged the process in court, claiming it was unfair and rushed, but lost.


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WHY? The big question, yet to be answered: Was this really necessary for the public good.? HOW ? And guess who will be hit with the cost of this shotgun style wedding. What's next and in the future.? Municipalities with less than 2000 residents will have to amalgamate with other municipalities, and the eventual long range plan is to have no more than 10 municipalities in all the province of Manitoba.

"Lot of work to do" there's the understatement of the year.

The cost to municipalities affected is so beyond the short-sightedness of this Provincial Government that they can't even comprehend it.

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