There is a lot of confusion over Mississauga’s planned separation from the Region of Peel. Hopefully an auditor’s report prepared by Deloitte which has been submitted on the financial implications of the move will bring some clarity around the issue. The report was discussed at the region’s recent council meeting, however details of its true cost to taxpayers has not been made public. This report is strictly about finance and has no directives or findings on the issue of governance.
This report looks at three possible scenarios: the creation of a single City of Peel; keeping things status quo; and, breaking Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon into three separate municipalities.
On March 20, Mississauga council passed a motion in principle, asking the province to pass legislation to make the city independent of the Region of Peel.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown have very different ideas about the true cost of parting ways and the public has practically no idea.
Brampton’s contention is that it has subsidized Mississauga’s infrastructure through the years and would have to reimburse the Region if it separates. Mississauga’s Mayor Crombie disagrees on this issue.
But while the two cities squabble over the details of a possible separation, Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford who has to have the final say on the matter is conspicuously silent. So far, he hasn’t waded into the debate leaving Peel politicians wondering if they are wasting their time. And frankly, many residents in the area would make up their mind one way or the other only after they are given the true cost this separation would cost. -CINEWS