I want to be clear that I’m not aware of any formal decision by the Premier or Minister to walk back the dissolution of Peel Region at this time.
It’s no secret that the Premier and I don’t always see eye to eye, but if there’s one thing we can agree on, it’s that we need to be smart and invest taxpayer dollars wisely. Local government must run efficiently and we need to weed out waste, duplication and red tape at every opportunity.
That’s why I’ve long advocated for an independent Mississauga, picking up the torch from the late Hazel McCallion who continued to call for this, even in her final days. The Premier promised Hazel he’d get it done, and he did, passing the Hazel McCallion Act, 2023 in her honour earlier this year.
What we need to do is focus on the task at hand, roll up our sleeves and ensure we deliver the best deal for all our taxpayers. Dissolving Peel Region and eliminating an additional layer of government would allow Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon to become more efficient, reduce confusion amongst residents, streamline the delivery of services, and ultimately save residents and businesses time and money. We’re confident it’s the right thing to do.
My message to Premier Ford and Minister Calandra is simple: Let’s not allow ourselves to be distracted by Mayor Brown’s desperate political stunts using unfounded figures to derail a process that is already well underway and working.
Let’s put the politics aside and put taxpayers first by continuing the great work we’ve started in Peel Region to create efficiencies, deliver for our residents and get more housing built.
Let’s honour Hazel’s legacy by finishing what we’ve set out to do.
– Mayor Bonnie Crombie
City of Mississauga’s statement regarding province reversing decision about dissolution of Peel Region
The City of Mississauga has received no word from the province about walking back Peel dissolution. The City remains committed to this transition and continues to work cooperatively with the provincially-appointed Transition Board, Peel Region staff, and staff from our neighbours in Brampton and Caledon.
The reality is that dissolving Peel Region and transferring the services it provides to the local municipalities will streamline service delivery, create more efficiencies, save taxpayers money, and ultimately help us get more housing built more quickly.
It will allow Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon to invest in the priorities of their residents and businesses without interference from another level of municipal government.
The province has recognized the benefits of dissolution through the Hazel McCallion Act. They did their homework, just like Hazel would do, and came to the conclusion that this is the right thing to do. Mississauga will continue to work, as mandated by the Hazel McCallion Act and the province, to complete the transition by January 1, 2025.
SOURCE City of Mississauga