Tuesday, September 09, 2014

45.5% of the Greater Victoria population will have a chance to vote in an amalgamation referendum

Last night both Esquimalt and Sidney agreed to put an amalgamation referendum on the ballot bringing the total number of local governments holding a referendum up to five.

Here is the list of all the municipalities in the CRD ranked by 2011 census population - green ones are holding a referendum, red are not

  • Saanich        109,752
  • Victoria        80,017 
  • Langford        29,228 
  • Oak Bay         18,015
  • Esquimalt       16,209  
  • Colwood         16,093  
  • Central Saanich 15,936  
  • Sooke           11,435  
  • Sidney          11,178  
  • North Saanich   11,089  
  • View Royal       9,381  
  • Metchosin        4,803   
  • Highlands        2,120
A total of 152,568 people live in the five municipalities that have agreed to hold a referendum on amalgamation, 45.5% of the population in the 13 municipalities of the CRD will get a chance to vote.    182,688 people live in in the municipalities where there is no referendum being offered, yet.  I think there is still a chance that Oak Bay and Colwood will hold amalgamation referendums.  If they do, 55.7% of the population will have a chance to vote on the issue. 

If Oak Bay and Colwood choose to hold referendums six of the seven most populous jurisdictions will be holding referendums,   Saanich sort of sticks out for not holding a referendum 
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