Saturday, October 3, 2009

Petition at

The web site has been around for a couple of years now. It was created to generate support for amalgamation in advance of upcoming municipal elections. The web site has not been updated for some time but that will likely change in the near future.

One key part of the web site is a petition calling for the provincial government to move toward "less and better government" in the CRD.

The petition is well worded in that it wisely avoids a call for mandatory amalgamation of the entire region. Here is an excerpt:

"The Provincial Government has confirmed that they will only act on the issue of amalgamation once asked to do so by the citizens of the region.

There appears to be strong support in general for some form of amalgamation in the lower island, however there are different views on what is the best outcome. Some people favour one city, others prefer three (Sidney, Victoria and Colwood), or other variations yet.

The goal is to ensure the Provincial Government takes some steps towards improving the way the area is governed. If a specific result were to be dictated now, it could easily get sidetracked by arguments that it is not the best way to proceed.

The demand to the Provincial Government is not that they immediately create one city, rather that they take the steps needed to choose and implement a better organization of the municipalities."

Please take two minutes of your time and sign this important document.

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