by Roger Stonebanks, citizen reporter
The issue of municipal amalgamation or municipal governance in Greater Victoria is off the new BC government’s list of priorities.
This became clear on July 24 with the public release of the “Mandate Letters” to each cabinet minister of the new BC NDP government from Premier John Horgan.
Here, verbatim, is Premier John Horgan’s “Mandate Letter” to Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. The priorities for the minister are set out on pages 3 and 4.
And here, also verbatim, is the “Mandate Letter” from former Premier Christy Clark to the previous minister, Peter Fassbender – see #6, (this eventually led to a “shared services” report that remains to be publicly released).
During the last BC election, the lobby group Amalgamation Yes (the Capital Region Municipal Amalgamation Society) received these responses from Greater Victoria candidates including a single BC NDP response for NDP candidates.
The BC NDP election platform made no reference to amalgamation or governance in the Capital Region.
Saanich Voice Online has been covering this issue since the previous BC election in 2014. See stories HERE.