The Reeve of the Rural Municipality of McKillop 220 is speaking up against recent changes made to boundaries.
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Last Thursday, Minister of Government Relations Warren Kaeding announced the approval of an application to alter the electoral boundaries.
This move came following an October referendum, which saw well over 70% vote in favour of redrawing the boundaries, a move expected to shift the balance of power of council from permanent resident farmers to cottage residents, some of whom might not reside in the area full time.
Between those two parties, Howard Arndt said there’s underlying cultural issues.
“It was only two years ago where the majority of council, that included the Reeve, were from the hamlet or lakefront area,” he said.
This move, noted Arndt, has those permanent resident farmers concerned.
“As it’s been seen in other provinces and in the United States, you see greater urban development within a rural side. There’s a push to put limits on farm activities, including what size equipment is on the road, when it can be on the road.”
The changes mean the six electoral divisions will choose a new councillor in the municipality’s next election, slated for February 27th, 2018.