May 22, 2019
By Jane Brown
In a unanimous decision, Brampton city councillors have voted for Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon to remain as the Region of Peel.
(From left: Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson, Peel Region Chair Nando Iannicca, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown and Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie)
Tuesday night’s meeting was held after Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie called on the provincial Progressive Conservatives to remove her city of 721,000 residents out of Peel Region, allowing Mississauga to govern its own affairs as a stand-alone community.
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown told reporters after the vote, the current system is tried and true.
“We did our homework, we did our due diligence, we did two financial analyses and it showed very clearly that the wisdom they had in 1974, when they created the region, still holds true today,” Brown explained, “And that by sharing some services, whether it’s water treatment or policing, it actually protects the interest of taxpayers, and whether it’s dissolution as Mississauga has suggested or amalgamation, it would cause significant tax increases for residents in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.”
The governing Tories at Queen’s Park launched a review in January into eight regional governments across the province, including Peel, Halton, Durham and York in the GTA. The review is ongoing and Premier Doug Ford has indicated it will be completed by this spring.