WARMINGTON: Mississauga makes big push to separate
April 30, 2019
April 30, 2019 6:54 PM EDT
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It’s already well known that Mississauga’s mayor Bonnie Crombie wants to be free.
But now with a new postcard campaign sent out to all households, Crombie is taking her dreams of separating from Peel Region directly to her residents.
“The goal of the postcard is to raise awareness about the review and reach as many households in Mississauga with our position on why Mississauga should become an independent City,” Crombie said Tuesday.
The postcards are like ballots. People are getting a say.
Move over Great Britain and Brexit.
While it is not easy to make one of those catchy, combining of words sayings by putting together Exit with Mississauga, this move ramps up the conversation about leaving Peel Region to stand alone.
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“The city of Mississauga is asking residents to show their support towards independence,” says the postcard mailed out to its 721,599 residents.
It states “Dear Premier Ford” above four already checked boxes:
1: I want my tax dollars to stay in Mississauga and not subsidize Brampton and Caledon.
2: I believe Mississauga should have the power to make its own decisions
3: I want my council to have full accountability for local services
4: I want Mississauga to be an independent city no longer a part of Peel Region.
The form also states “personal information on this form is collected and will be used to evaluate resident support for the city of Mississauga’s preferred option to be an independent city” that “would have the ability to speak as one city, fully in control of its future with a distinct identity, like other cities already do.”
Crombie and her peers also believe “eliminating an entire layer of government would lead to a more efficient and effective government focused only on Mississauga priorities” and hence ending $85-million a year to “subsidize” Brampton and Caledon.
“My hopes are that residents will read the letter, agree with our position, fill out the postcard and drop it off at their nearest Canada Post mailbox to let Premier Ford know they support Mississauga separating from Peel Region,” said Crombie.
Premier Ford has already shown he’s for change. Ask the 24 councillors no longer with seats.
This could happen. It should happen.
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Mississauga is right there with Winnipeg as the seventh largest city by population in Canada and, situated on beautiful Lake Ontario, is one of the greatest big cities in the world.
It’s home to Pearson International Airport and has citizens who get along great in a very safe environment.
It’s a model for the world with a strong and smart mayor like Crombie and a sage council.
The sky’s the limit for what Mississauga could become with the two hands on the steering wheel being their own.
This is no slight on Brampton because I have the same positive view of that city too.
It’s growth potential is enormous — both business and residential. Brampton, at more than 605,000 residents, also has an energetic and hungry young mayor in Patrick Brown leading a very sharp council.
Caledon also has excellent guidance under Mayor Allan Thompson and can easily eke out its own identify as a very special get away from the hustle and bustle city of 80,000 — just minutes from the metropolis.
It could be a win, win, win.
It should not be talked about as a divorce but more of a growing-up and flying from the nest on ready wings situation.
The mayors shouldn’t get bogged down on who paid for what but instead make sure the power grid is secure, the police and emergency services are set and get on with all going in their own direction but remaining tight neighbors.
But I know there are conflicting views and I want to hear them. Please participate in our online poll on www.torontosun.com
It could offer an idea of what Premier Ford will see when Mississauga residents send in their postcard.