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Invited Essays / Essais sollicités

Vol. 14 No. 2 (2022)

New Brunswick Municipal Reform Sticker Shock

October 12, 2022


  1. Data comes from the Local Government Statistics for New Brunswick, 2000 and 2021 editions, published by the Department of Environment and Local Government and its predecessors.
  2. Geoff Martin, “Municipal Reform in New Brunswick: Minor Tinkering in Light of Major Problems,” Journal of Canadian Studies, 2007, 41(1): 75-99; D. Bourgeois and F. Strain, “New Brunswick,” in A. Sancton and R. Young (Eds.), Foundations of Governance: Municipal Government in Canada’s Provinces (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009), 186-222.
  3. Michelle Landry and Julie Guillemot, “Pour ou contre habiter une municipalité: Discourse sure les project de communauté rurales au Nouveau-Brunswick,” Revue Canadienne des Science Régionales, 2020, 44(1): 10-21.
  4. Bourgeois and Strain, “New Brunswick,” 198.
  5. GNB website with past documents:
  6. Zack Taylor and Jon Taylor, “Representative Regionalization: Toward More Equitable, Democratic, Responsive, and Efficient Local Government in New Brunswick,” Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance—Publications, 2021, 5.
  7. Bruce Wark, “Sackville Residents Protest Against Forced Amalgamation: ‘This Is Not Democratic, This Is Authoritarian’,” New Wark Times, 2 March 2022. Contrast this with the several hundred who showed up to defend the Sackville Memorial Hospital. See “‘Stop Messing with Our Hospital’; Residents Rally Against Bed Closures, ER Cuts,” Telegraph-Journal, 9 December 2021.
  8. After the 2020 election the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick expressed support for the Higgs government’s apparent commitment to municipal reform. See Stephane Paquette, “Acadian Society Is Optimistic about Higgs Cabinet,” Telegraph-Journal, 3 October 2020.
  9. Flynn, Alexandra, Nathalie Des Rosiers, and Richard Albert, “How to Get Cities Out of Their Constitutional Straitjacket,” Policy Options, 15 June 2021.
  10. Andrew Sancton, Merger Mania: The Assault on Local Government (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000) and Martin, “Municipal Reform in New Brunswick.”
  11. Moncton Times & Transcript, 19 October 2021.
  12. Office of the Comptroller, Department of Finance, “Review of the Provision of Government Services to Local Service Districts and Property Taxation Levels,” October 2002.
  13. Chiasson-Allain exchange, Hearing on Local Government and Governance Reform Budget Estimates, NBLA, Standing Committee on Estimates and Fiscal Policy, 20 April 2022.
  14. Bruce Wark, “Sackville Treasurer Outlines Budget Priorities in a Time of Uncertainty,” New Wark Times, 1 June 2022.
  15. Mrinali Anchan, “Lac Baker Residents Leave Dejected after Meeting with Minister to Protest Amalgamation, Social Sharing,” CBC NB News, 19 May 2022.
  16. Erica Butler, “Province Takes JD Irving Ltd Lands Out of Entity 40,” 8 March 2022, CHMA radio.
  17. Arseneau-Allain exchange, Hearing on Local Government and Governance Reform Budget Estimates, NBLA, Standing Committee on Estimates and Fiscal Policy, 21 April 2022.
  18. Department of Environment and Local Government, “Working Together on Vibrant and Sustainable Communities: White Paper,” November 2021, 19.
  19. Telegraph-Journal, 10 April 2021.
  20. Telegraph-Journal, 19 June 2021.
  21. Jennifer Sweet, “Indigenous Leaders Decry Missed Opportunity in NB’s Name of New Communities,” CBC NB News, 27 May 2022.
  22. Telegraph-Journal, 13 April 2022.