FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (July 20, 2015)
Amalgamation Yes commends BC Premier on mandate to Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development regarding regional governance processes
Amalgamation Yes commends the Premier for taking the first steps to look at how we are governed by the 13 municipalities in the Capital Region District.
On June 12, Premier Christy Clark, issued a mandate letter to Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
In the mandate, Minister Oakes was tasked to “develop and present options to Cabinet on potential processes under which local governments could either amalgamate or integrate service delivery” by June 30, 2016.
“We are encouraged that recently Minister Oakes has reached out to all 13 CRD municipal councils and met with several of them this month. It's been 8 months since the electorate voted overwhelming 75% in support of some type of governance review,” said Amalgamation Yes spokesperson John Vickers, “Residents in the region welcome the acknowledgment of their votes on the municipal ballots, and look forward wih great anticipation to continued Provincial leadership.”
“We're hopeful that this will eventually lead to a process whereby Greater Victorians will be able to express their preference via a binding referendum. This is the ultimate expression of grass-roots democracy when citizens are provided a formal mechanism to determine how they wish to be governed.” concluded Vickers.
John Vickers: AmalgamationYes, Vice Chair and Spokesperson, 250-661-5350