Municipal restructuring as a good marriage

Blog post from Peter Bevan-Baker, MLA Kelly’s Cross-Cumberland, Leader of the Third Party, published February 19, 2016.

 “Valentine’s Day has got me in a soppy, romantic mood, and it is in this spirit that I offer these thoughts.I got married almost 30 years ago.

I’m a lucky man: I chose the kindest person I’ve ever met to be my wife, and though none of us can predict the future, it looks like we’ll be good for at least a few more years. If Ann were writing this blog, I hope she would say something similar. The years of courtship were special, and the energy and naivety of youth propelled us towards a memorable wedding in St. John’s where the Scottish and Newfoundland families met (and sang, danced, ate and drank together) for the first time. The whole episode from our first encounter (in a dental chair – hold the romance – “do you floss?”…. “I do”) to the wedding (in a spectacular Newfoundland church – bring on the romance – “do you take this woman”……”I do”) was a rollicking delight. We were lucky: we became partners slowly, checking each other out carefully, and really getting to understand each other’s needs before we made the momentous decision to spend the rest of our lives (or at least until February 20th 2016) together. In our culture it is traditional for young (and not-so-young) people to choose their partners, while in others, arranged marriages are more the norm. I can’t imagine what it feels like to have someone else find your partner and dictate the timing, terms and nature of your betrothal, and although I know some cultures manage very nicely with such traditions, let me just say that I’m glad I got to choose.

I’d like to imagine that the process by which Prince Edward Island is going to restructure local government will be more one of mutual courtship, less arranged marriage.”

See Peter Bevan-Baker’s blog post.

Amalgamation Tool Kit in the Works for Municipalities

Article from CBC published January 20, 2016.

“We decided that you know we are going to go out and pull a tool kit together so that municipalities, when they are talking with their neighbours, that at least they’ll be able to have sort of a blueprint of what they need to do, what they need to ask for and that type of thing.”

Read the full article HERE.

To thrive into the future we must cooperate

Article by Paul MacNeill for PEICanada.com, published December 2015.

“…sooner or later a provincial government of one colour or another will force a shotgun wedding. There is merit in being the first to the alter and dictating terms to maximum benefit.”

Keep reading HERE.

Positive Signs Coming from Eastern PEI

Article from The Guardian, published December 19, 2015.

“The Three Rivers report concentrates on the positives, suggesting the regional option hold the greatest potential for maximizing economic development and creates the more efficient and effective administrative structure. Consultants suggest the new municipality is the most affordable and equitable option for all residents.”

 

Read the complete article HERE.