More than 100 residents from wards 1 and 2 filled the Royal Canadian Legion in Port Credit to hear the City of Mississauga’s rationale for becoming a single-tier entity, independent of the Region of Peel. Other options such as amalgamation with its municipal siblings Brampton and/or Caledon, or staying within Peel Region with efficiency “tweaks”, were not thought by Mississauga Council to be the most fiscally prudent action to undertake.
The feeling in the room seemed to be split with some supporting the City’s stance, while others thought amalgamation would be a better option. Still others thought staying within Peel Region would be more beneficial for our future.
Starting May 2nd the City of Mississauga will start a mail campaign to residents where they can send a postage-paid pre-addressed postcard to the province to show their support for Mississauga’s independence. Many thought that options on that postcard could have been made better simply by including a “NO” option.
Mississauga’s position is based on a report first released by the city back in 2003 but updated this year. Brampton prefers to cite the Region of Peel’s 2019 report it commissioned by Deloitte instead. As a result of March 28 debate at Peel Regional Council, a third financial report is underway involving input from all 3 municipalities and Peel Region, in the hope for its completion prior to the May 22 deadline for submissions. Most agree this is an unlikely outcome.
Regardless of what the report indicates it will probably have no bearing on the final outcome for two reasons: Elected Mississauga reps spoke on residents’ behalf without advance consultation, and ultimately the Premier and his Cabinet can decide our fate without disclosure of recommendations of the Report concerning the Regional Municipal Review.
All in all May 1 was a very spirited evening.
You can read more about the evening here:
Mississauga Wards mull secession during town hall – http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk/infinity/article_popover_share.aspx?guid=0d25cf18-d679-4156-95f4-8941233d7aef