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02-02-2013, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by scotchex View Post

How different is the Canadian system?
Varies. Some metros, some not. Usually what happens is that larger centres swallow up smaller ones ~ but that decision is made at the provincial level. In the last decade Quebec went through a province-wide amalgamation of municipalities. Toronto had a Metro gov't, but then all the members got amalgamated into Toronto 2.0 (again this was through the province). The Vancouver area still has a Metro gov't (also known as GVRD).

The main drive to amalgamate is for cost reasons. These cost savings never materialize as cities confoundingly continue to grow.

Rather uniquely, Halifax was a city that then merged into a regional municipality.

Out west, where land is cheap and people stand alone against the sky, the City of Regina acquires ($) land as needed from the RM of Sherwood, whose offices are two blocks away from City Hall.

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