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Province announces amendments to amalgamation bill

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The NDP made it official today and took some of the sting out of Bill 33.

Local government minister Ron Lemieux said today they introduced several amendments to the municipal amalgamation bill to in response to concerns raised by councils and citizens.

Amendments would:

  • Extend timelines for submitting amalgamation plans where an amalgamation has significant complexities and the timelines cannot be met. The amendment clearly states that this could include where flooding or other natural disasters impact the ability of a municipality to develop an amalgamation plan by the stated Dec. 1 timeline.
  • Exclude resort municipalities designated in the Municipal Act - Victoria Beach and Dunnottar - from the amalgamation initiative, recognizing the uniqueness of these municipalities
  • Keep summer elections for Victoria Beach, Dunnottar and Winnipeg Beach as summer elections are a unique feature of these municipalities.

"I've listened to concerns raised about this bill and am pleased that we've been able to improve it," Lemieux said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to the bill's speedy passage."

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