by Roger Stonebanks, citizen journalist
The BC government today (June 1) announced the two consultants who will work with
Capital Region municipalities on exploring potential ways to integrate services and governance.
“Local governments are accountable to their taxpayers so a serious consideration of service and governance integration in the capital area just makes sense,” said Community Minister Peter Fassbender.
“The provincial government is helping to facilitate the discussion among local governments. Following the completion of the consultants report, local governments in the region will decide on next steps.”
The government’s announcement made no mention of amalgamation. T
he announcement stated: “Recognizing that local governments make their own decisions about integrated services and governance, the (Capital Integrated Services and Governance Initiative) will gather facts and facilitate dialogue between local governments. The Province will not impose an outcome. The consultants will also engage stakeholder organizations to gather feedback on perceptions of the issues and opportunities facing local governments in the area.”
The announcement also said that, “One of the first activities for the project team will be to meet with each local government in the capital area to discuss the work ahead and receive input from elected councils and the Capital Regional District board.”
Find the government’s announcement HERE.
John Schmuck, chairperson of the Saanich Governance Review Citizens Advisory Committee, told SVO (on June 1) that “We have not been informed of any plans to defer” the committee. “In fact, we have finalized our Request for Proposal to hire a consultant to guide our committee through through our consultation with the Saanich community. The RFP is being issued under Saanich auspices with their procurement department.”
He added that, “at this point we plan to carry on with our original mandate.”
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