Oct 30, 2013
Today at Mississauga City Council, staff presented highlights from the residents’ survey gauging attitudes towards the City of Brampton’s proposed request for additional representation on Region of Peel Council as related to a report presented by the City Manager to Council on October 9.
An online survey of 567 Mississauga residents was conducted between October 15 and October 24, 2013. The findings of the survey indicated that:
- 56% of residents were not familiar with the composition of Regional Council.
- Respondents were clear that they do not want to pay any more for Regional Council with 81% saying they do not think taxpayers should pay any more for Regional Council, even if it grows in size.
- Residents also felt strongly (68%) that if changes are made to the representation on Regional Council, they should be made on the basis of representation by population.
- Residents also generally want one vote per councillor (61%), as well as no veto powers (68%) for any of the municipalities on Regional Council.
- Of the four principles presented to residents, maintaining the “status quo” (40%) and “representation by population” (39%) had the strongest support.
“Clearly, residents don’t understand Regional Council nor do they want to pay for more government," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "Once again this raises the question about the viability, necessity and effectiveness of regional government for Mississauga. There is inefficiency and costly duplication and Mississauga as the 6th largest city in Canada can and should stand on its own. If we want to change it, we need a full review of the structure.”
The results of the survey support the principles endorsed by Mississauga City Council and the recommendations of the Region of Peel Task Force for a more fulsome consideration and public discussion before moving forward with the City of Brampton’s request to change the composition of Regional Council. It also raises the issue of the long-term sustainability of regional government in Peel.
Council unanimously passed a resolution supporting the “recommendation contained in the “Report of the 2013 Task Force on the Election of Regional Chair and Brampton Representation” that regional staff report to Region of Peel Council early in 2015 to initiate a review of regional governance, including, first, the structure and necessity of regional government, and if regional government is still viable, then secondly, the composition of Regional Council, to be completed before June 1, 2016 in order to allow sufficient time to implement any changes by December 31, 2017 for the 2018 Municipal Election.”
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