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May 8, 2003

      Congratulations to VOCO and everyone else who worked to make this referendum a reality! It will be a very significant event -- the first time citizens of Ontario will be able to take an authoritative and democratic decision about the fate of any of the recent forced municipal mergers.

      This is the time for a reasoned debate among informed citizens. This is what we should have had before the forced mergers, but better late than never. Those who conclude that bigger works better, should vote NO; those who look at the evidence and conclude the opposite should not be afraid to vote YES. Let the debate begin and let the people decide.

Andrew Sancton
Professor of Political Science, University of Western Ontario
Author of Merger Mania, The Assault on Local Government

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