CFBB’s response on Mississauga’s motion exploring a departure from the Region of Peel:
CFBB congratulates Mayor Linda Jeffrey for her firm and fulsome response to the initiative announced by the Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie, which would see Mississauga exit from Peel Region and establish itself as an independent jurisdiction. This announcement is directly inconsistent with the Regional Representation study presently ongoing dealing with more equitable allocation of representatives from Brampton and Caledon.
If Mississauga truly wants to leave the Region of Peel, then there would need to be a calculation of funds owed to both Brampton and Caledon for all of the years that Brampton taxpayers have helped fund Mississauga’s growth adjusted for inflation. Will Mississauga taxpayers be willing to accept the cost of this divorce?
Is Mississauga really going to run their separate 1) water and sewage treatment facilities, 2) police force, 3) garbage collection, disposal and recycling programs 4) regional road building and maintenance, 5) social housing, and the many other regional programs and responsibilities? With the consolidation of the separate Toronto boroughs into one entity, Metropolitan Toronto, there were many cost savings and elimination of duplications, waste and territorial disputes. The implementation of the regional system in Ontario many years ago was forward thinking and effective.
The Mayor and Councillors of Mississauga should serve the people rather than their own egos. The idea of splitting Mississauga from Peel Region sounds like empire building to us.
Co-Chairs Doug Bryden and Chris Bejnar