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NDP shouldn't force amalgamation on us

How to destroy a community:

First the NDP government tried to bully smaller municipalities into amalgamating. If bullying doesn’t work, the NDP will then resort to changing legislation to force the mergers of smaller municipalities.

It would appear the NDP seems intent on destroying communities throughout Manitoba. The NDP has labelled smaller municipalities as “dysfunctional.”

They proudly use the example of merging regional health authorities from 11 into five as an example of efficiency and cost-cutting.

Perhaps the NDP are embarrassed that local governments balance their books each and every year, something the province has been unable to do themselves.

Perhaps, through forced amalgamations, the province has discovered yet another way to download even more costs to remaining local governments and ratepayers — policing costs come to mind.

Local governments and ratepayers have always been astute to changing local dynamics.

When mergers are proposed by local governments, it is the duty of the province to assist, not the other way around.

Bullying by the province is not acceptable and changing legislation to achieve their goal of forcing amalgamations will destroy many communities across the province.

The NDP government needs to show respect for hard-working local governments and their ratepayers. They need to show respect for the value of communities across Manitoba. Bullying is never acceptable.

Blaine Pedersen

MLA for Midland

Progressive Conservative

Local Government critic

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 21, 2013

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How to destroy a community:

First the NDP government tried to bully smaller municipalities into amalgamating. If bullying doesn’t work, the NDP will then resort to changing legislation to force the mergers of smaller municipalities.

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First the NDP government tried to bully smaller municipalities into amalgamating. If bullying doesn’t work, the NDP will then resort to changing legislation to force the mergers of smaller municipalities.

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