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Municipalities won't appeal

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities will not appeal a court decision that found the Selinger government's amalgamation plan isn't illegal.

"We are disappointed, but we are going to move on," Association president Doug Dobrowolski said Tuesday.

He said AMM and the Manitoba Municipal Administrators Association will work together to make sure remaining municipalities have the resources in place to complete the merger.

Court of Queen's Bench Judge Robert Dewar said in a decision released Monday the process is fair.

Dewar's findings signalled the end of a bitter feud between some municipal leaders and the NDP to amalgamate communities with fewer than 1,000 people before October's municipal elections.

The legislation was signalled in the 2012 throne speech but didn't come into effect until last September.

AMM, representing five municipalities, took the government to court last year claiming Municipal Government Minister Stan Struthers overstepped his legal authority.

To date, 50 municipalities have amalgamated out of the 85 required to merge. More are to be approved by cabinet soon.

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Municipalities won't appeal. (Brandon Sun, Apr.2) Judge Robert Dewar has made his decision that the proposed shotgun marriages of municipal amalgamations, officiated by "Pastor Struthers" will proceed.He could find no breach of fairness in how the government rolled out the new amalgamation law.The term "rolled" is appropriate, for that is exactly what has and is taking place.The province paid no attention to the outcries of municipalities who did not wish to consecrate in this blissful arrangement, and for some they had no, or very little say who would be their future lifetime partner (s) Government simply rolled over the anguished concerns that were presented. Is there a future for this kind of "coupling", and will there be a honeymoon of sorts; or a divorce situation in the future….or even a change in government, perhaps? We'll wait and see. In some ways it is reminiscent of what the Taliban fundamentalists in Afghanistan are noted for.

The year 1863: President, Abraham Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation.(Liberated, independent, unconstrained, uninhibited; free) Something the Municipalities of Manitoba might wish to consider for taking action,as Manitoba's provincial election draws closer each day in 2015. Democracy cannot thrive under the chains of oppression.

Maybe not "illegal" in the eyes of this judge, but certainly ill-advised and short-sighted.

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