Results of the May 28 plebiscites show the levels of support among citizens for the proposed amalgamation of four municipalities in Pictou County.
The MOU Steering Committee initiated a number of conversations with key sectors over the past several weeks. These included youth, economic and social development sectors. These events were independently facilitated to ensure a safe and neutral space for all perspectives and viewpoints to gather.
Returning Officer Josephine MacDonald says that citizens will be able to access official plebiscite results online once polls close at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 28.
Throughout the process of the application to amalgamate the four municipalities, the MOU Committee has heard loud and clear from citizens. You are concerned about significant population decreases, loss of medical services and availability of doctors, school closures, sluggish economy, lack of employment opportunities, and that there is no coordinated approach to address these challenges. We have heard real life accounts about businesses looking to locate to Pictou County only to be frustrated by overregulation, multiple sets of rules and lack of coordinated approach. About how our current structure of municipal government has not been able to attract and work with the private sector to create employment for our citizens. Opportunities that because of our current municipal structure went to other areas of Nova Scotia and Moncton.
This resolution was passed unanimously by all parties in the Provincial Legislature on Friday, May 20, 2016:
Response to Amalgamation No Thank You May 18th open letter to Frank Sobey