Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee is calling for greater partnerships within the Capital region, amongst all sectors and all levels of government.
Mayor Lee spoke at the Rotary Club of Hillsborough’s meeting held today (May 26) at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel. He complimented the Rotary Club for their work in the community and challenged others to follow their lead.
"By partnering, we can help our citizens spend less time commuting and more time with their families; we can make good on our obligation to keep our rivers and streams clean; we can work to keep roofs over the heads of our most vulnerable citizens, while making housing affordable for all; and, we can be smarter, more efficient and forward thinking about our shared responsibility to keep our communities safe."
Mayor Lee challenged mayors and municipal leaders in Canada to work closely with their provincial governments and the new federal government to develop a forward thinking partnership.
"From my perspective, the Premier has demonstrated that he is prepared to think outside the box when it comes to collaborative problem solving. For example, the current review of Provincial Police Services is an inclusive process, involving the various stakeholders," Mayor Lee said. "At the conclusion of this review, it is my hope that this province and this city mutually agree on best practices moving forward, which, of course, would deliver the most cost-effective and efficient police service…. the best possible policing model suited for our residents at the best price possible."
The Charlottetown Mayor said cities are often where innovative solutions are born and municipalities should act as conduits help bring those solutions to the forefront. Those strong partnerships should translate into infrastructure investments that create local jobs, strengthen the economy, and build more sustainable communities across the country.
"It’s time that the silos within government come down and the doors of cooperation open," Mayor Lee said.
One example cited during the Rotary Club event was the potential for a greater partnership between the Town of Stratford and City of Charlottetown. Mayor Lee suggested that by working together on a solution for waste water management in Stratford, taxpayers in both communities will benefit by not having to pay for another pollution control plant.
"Taxpayers will benefit if the sewer lines are piped across the Hillsborough Bridge… but what would happen if we took the time to look a little farther down the road to determine whether or not there are even greater opportunities for working together rather than continuing to work apart?" Mayor Lee said. "Is the regionalization of services a better approach than having each of the Island’s 74 municipalities continue to provide these services to their residents independently of others? The sooner, we, your elected representatives recognize and accept the fact that there is only one taxpayer, the better off that one taxpayer is going to be."
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