The Mayor of St. John’s is pressing for more local control for municipalities across the province.
Danny Breen says the current legislation governing municipalities doesn’t let councils do what they need to do.
He says St. John’s is a modern city being governed by an antiquated act that doesn’t give council the ability to respond to the public’s concerns, and it’s no longer good enough to say they can’t because council lacks the authority.
Yesterday, Municipal Affairs Minister Eddie Joyce announced a sweeping review of the Municipalities Act that will look at everything from roles and responsibilities, codes of conduct and making information more accessible at the municipal level.
Breen says the power needs to be put in the hands of the people working to develop and grow their respective municipalities. He says right now the city needs the provincial government’s permission to do anything, and council needs the ability to enact and enforce its own bylaws.
Small Solutions No Longer Working for Municipalities: Joyce
Municipal Affairs Minister Eddie Joyce says cookie cutter solutions aren’t working anymore.
That was his response in addressing long-awaited changes to the Municipalities Act.
Joyce announced yesterday that the provincial government is starting consultations to modernize the province’s legislation governing municipalities. He says government needs to step back and look at the whole act with the help of the public.
He says rather than making small amendments, which has been the case for the past 30 years, now is the time to put the entire Municipalities Act on the table and see how government can make it better for all the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.