Should municipalities be given more discretionary powers with regard to spending provincial and federal dollars in their own communities?
According to a new Leger survey commissioned by Yahoo Canada, 51 per cent of Canadians believe city governments should be making their own decisions regarding priorities on how to spend taxpayer dollars. Only 27 per cent of those surveyed think federal and provincial governments should have more oversight.
The results are music to the ears of Canada’s big-city mayors and councillors who have been fighting that battle for many years.
“I agree with the majority of Canadians that municipalities in Canada should be able to make their own decisions about how to spend the dollars that are either transferred or granted to them by provincial/territorial governments, or the federal government,” newly-minted Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson told Yahoo Canada News.
“In Edmonton, funding from other orders of government has not always been consistent with our city'sRead More »from Give local governments more spending power: Yahoo-Leger poll