Status quo or amalgamation only options that should be studied, says new government

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If a governance study goes ahead with support of the new provincial government it will likely only investigate two options: status quo or full amalgamation of all the towns.

At least that’s what Municipality of Pictou County warden Ron Baillie’s understanding was after some communication with Municipal Relations Minister Mark Furey's office.

Baillie mentioned the position during Monday night’s financial services meeting.

Coun. Leonard Fraser was quick to say that he would not support the study as such.

“That is not what it started out to be,” he said.

Other council members expressed similar sentiment.

“I think they’re going to kill the study,” Coun. David Parker said.

Geographic location: Pictou County

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  • Just One Dude with an Opinion
    January 21, 2014 - 09:16

    Good. Kill it, and never bring it up again. We should make that a law even.

  • Roger Miller
    January 21, 2014 - 09:07

    Canada as a whole has a shrinking population, Pictou County is a very accurate reflection of this statistic. If the municipal leaders are unable to lead the citizens into an amalgamated solution they had better step up quickly with alternative options. Five+ governments, police agencies, fire department and on and on it goes. The province should force amalgamation here as well as some other regional areas or withdraw the added cost of providing multiple agencies to serve such small populations.