I’m voting ‘NO’ to the October 25th question

On October 25th, we citizens of Kitchener and Waterloo are being asked to vote on the following question: “Do you support the members of Kitchener and Waterloo councils engaging in discussions about the advantages and disadvantages of merging the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo? Yes or No.”

It is my opinion that this question is an attempt to move the amalgamation issue from the citizens to the politicians. A “yes” vote on the wishy-washy “talk about amalgamation” question just might be all the political clout supporters of amalgamation need to just amalgamate, regardless of what comes out of talking.

Consider that the people who urged Kitchener and Waterloo to vote to have the question put on the ballot are the same people who fund and support the lobby for amalgamation of the two cities. They are also the same people who are currently working hard to get pro-amalgamation councillors elected.

As a Kitchener citizen I have some misgivings about amalgamation. As a Kitchener taxpayer I certainly don’t want Kitchener to assume the debt that Waterloo has accumulated. I also believe that if it isn’t broken, why fix it? Both Kitchener and Waterloo seem to be working quite well as separate cities and members of a working regional municipality. I do not believe that what’s good for business is necessarily good for the ordinary citizen.

I will be voting “no” to the question: I do not want amalgamation through the back door. Neither council should need a “yes” vote on the question to engage in discussions with one another. They are close neighbours and members of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

About thebows99krug

Hi, I am Eric, a retired librarian. I was born in St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto and raised in the downtown area north of the Art Gallery, south of the University of Toronto. I went to Orde Street Public School, Harbord C.I., University College at the UofT and the UofT's Faculty of Library and Information Science. I meet my wife Patricia at FLIS; our first date was on November 15, 1968. We were engaged February 14, 1969 and married on June 21, 1969. Our family includes son, James; daughter-in-law, Erin; (both writers), grand-daughters, Vivian and Eleanor; and Sonic, a very friendly ginger tabby. My beloved wife died January 7, 2017 and our 19 year old cat Pooka died January 8, 2017. I would like to hear from any other class of '63 alumni of Harbord C.I. and class of '67 alumni of UofT's University College.
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