Government won’t force amalgamation, but supports decision
AMHERST – The business community here were given the opportunity to hear first-hand how the province will be steered through the coming years from its captain, Premier Stephen McNeil.
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Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil at the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
McNeil was the guest speaker at the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Wandlyn Inn, and McNeil gave a forward address and was equally forward with his responses to questions form the audience, fielding inquiries on everything from economy, immigration, the Ivany Report and the dissolution of the Town of Springhill into the Municipality of Cumberland County.
“With respects to Springhill and Cumberland County, I’d like to congratulate them on taking a major step. It’s not an decision for any community to make,” McNeil said.
Amalgamation is nothing new in the province, albeit rare. In the case of the Halifax Regional Municipality, it was a situation demanded by the government of the day and its success remains questionable. In the case of Liverpool and Queens County, however, the decision was negotiated like Springhill and Cumberland County will do, and its netted positive results. With the economic and fiscal stresses many towns in the province are coping with, and all eyes will be looking at the outcome of Springhill’s dissolution to see if it delivers a model other communities can follow.
“Our government will not force amalgamation, but we will work with any community who wants to go down that road,” M