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De-amalgamation Networking Conference
Rockton, ON
May 15, 2004

Guest speakers were:
  • Dave Braden Flamborough councillor
  • Ken Bosveld writer/editor
  • Joe Cooper East York Mirror The Watchdog
  • Andrew Sancton professor of Political Science University of Western Ontario
  • Michael Prue MPP Toronto East York
  • Margaret McCarthy Councillor, Flamborough
  • Toby Barrett MPP Haldimand-Norfolk-Brant
  • Faye McGee Councillor, City of Kawartha Lakes

  • The following declaration was approved by representatives of each municipality and community group:
    Rockton, Ontario, May 15, 2004

    WHEREAS the government of the Province of Ontario has seen fit from time to time to force upon many residents of Ontario the amalgamation of local municipalities into larger municipal entities without the consent of those local residents;

    AND WHEREAS it is believed that, first and foremost, municipal government should address the needs and aspirations of the residents of municipal communities;

    AND WHEREAS it is believed that the structure of municipal government and any change thereto should be based upon the consent of local residents;

    AND WHEREAS the government of the Province of Ontario has seen fit to ignore the result of a vote on a Minister's Question pertaining to the structure of municipal government in the City of Kawartha Lakes, and petitions from Chatham-Kent, Flamborough, Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek and Glanbrook;

    AND WHEREAS the government of the Province of Ontario continues to ignore the reasonable request from the residents of several Ontario communities to consider the de-amalgamation of those same communities;

    AND WHEREAS we believe in the advisability of creating an Ontario-wide alliance among like-minded communities to pressure the government of the Province of Ontario to permit the de-amalgamation of any community in which the demand for de-amalgamation has been or shall be demonstrated by traditional concepts of democracy.

    NOW THEREFORE the following people declare the creation of, and our support for, the Ontario De-amalgamation Network and its reasonable and lawful objectives as shall be defined by its members from time to time.
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