Buckingham gets enough names

to hold referendum

889 people sign register favouring demerger vote

Dave Rogers
The Ottawa Citizen

May 19, 2004

Municipal independence activists who want to separate Buckingham from Gatineau said yesterday they have enough signatures to hold a demerger referendum on June 20.

Carl Simpson, the demerger spokesman in Buckingham, said 889 people had signed the municipal register by the afternoon, enough to trigger a referendum on independence in the former municipality of 8,889 people.

Under Quebec law, 10 per cent of registered voters must sign municipal registers to hold a demerger referendum.

A former municipality can achieve partial independence if a majority representing 35 per cent of registered voters choose to separate


from an amalgamated city.

Gatineau will release the results of the register process at Maison du Citoyen tomorrow.

Mr. Simpson said Buckingham residents are interested in reviving the former municipality because taxes have increased and municipal services have declined in their sector of Gatineau since the Parti Quebecois government established the city in 2002.

"We want people to continue to sign the register so the provincial government will realize we are serious and treat us with respect," Mr. Simpson said. "It is as if we don't have a councillor representing us.

Mr. Simpson said snow removal and street cleaning have been reduced under amalgamation while taxes have increased slightly. He said the mayor is arrogant and doesn't listen to what Buckingham residents want.

 The Ottawa Citizen 2004


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