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Final MB mergers move forward

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Manitoba’s municipal amalgamation process is complete, Municipal Minister Stan Struthers says.

The last of 85 municipalities required to amalgamate under the province’s merger plan recently submitted their paperwork, which was approved by cabinet Wednesday.

Struthers said it means 47 mergers have been approved, bringing the number of municipalities in the province to 135 from 196.

"The next phase in this is to have these municipalities ready themselves for the next election in October," Struthers said. "There’s still a lot of work to do."

The province said 85 municipalities that had fewer than 1,000 residents had to amalgamate before the fall election under the Municipal Amalgamations Act.

The Association of Manitoba Municipalities challenged the process in court, claiming it was unfair and rushed, but lost.

 

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