People have spoken on amalgamation study

Duncan – A while ago, the City of Duncan conducted a phone survey and one of the questions they asked was whether or not residents were in favour of studying amalgamation. Close to 70 per cent said yes.

In last week’s election, there were questions on the ballot regarding amalgamation/boundary restructuring. A majority of people voted yes. Yet, will the city actually move forward with having a study done? There is talk about how much a study would cost but, in the Victoria region, most municipalities voted yes to a similar question and the province has now stepped forward and agreed to fund the study.

A phone call from Duncan City Hall to the province could undoubtedly secure the same. The mayor was quoted as saying it is premature to say how his new council will act. Do we live in a democracy or not? The people have spoken. Isn’t council supposed to represent the people that elected them?

George Nielsen

Duncan