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Where’s the Capital Integrated Services & Governance Initiative report?

On June 1, 2016 the Minster of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Peter Fassbender, announced that the province had commissioned two consulting firms to

facilitate fact-finding and discussion among local governments in the region to help inform opportunities that support the efficient delivery of services needed by communities and citizens

Today in the Legislature I rose to question the Minster as to the status of the so called Capital Integrated Services & Governance Initiative report. A preliminary version of the report was completed in the fall. A final version was to be delivered by early January 2017.

I was very unsatisfied with the response I received. Below I reproduce the video and text of the exchange.

Video of Question & Answer

Text of Question & Answer

A. Weaver: The government commissioned a study on municipal shared services in the capital region in 2016. That report has been ready since October of last year.

Could the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development please explain why this report has not been released and when he is planning to do so?

Hon. P. Fassbender: Indeed, the report is being finalized. It is being reviewed. I have communicated with the mayors in the region that that report will be brought forward when that final review is done, and then it will be shared publicly as well.



  1. Stephen Ison-
    March 19, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    When I asked him, at a Victoria Chamber event, why he was leaving it to the most affected to decide their fates (the mayors of the 13, soon to be 14, municipalities on the topic of greater integration) when it was clearly his responsibility, I couldn’t pick out a single actionable idea or concrete opinion in his answer.
    Apparently this is his reputation…

  2. tony heemskerk-
    March 18, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for raising the question. Find it hard to believe that the government is sitting on this report. The public was clear in 2014 that they want a study into amalgamation. The government watered that down and now is suppressing the results. Makes you wonder what might be in the report. What reason would the government have to hold this back before the provincial election?