NB: This is the statement I read aloud at the public meeting for the Judicial Inquiry, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. It is a much-abbreviated version of a statement I have made in my written submission to the inquiry.
Thank you, your honour, for letting me speak tonight. My name is Ian Chadwick. I was a member of the previous council.
This inquiry is about two of the many challenges council faced and overcame last term.
First was the changing nature of Ontario’s energy sector. Prior to the provincial election, all three political parties vowed to reduce the number of Local Distribution Companies across the province. The town expected legislation to force amalgamations after the election.
Council chose to be proactive.
Council listened to our utility board, to our utility and town staff, and to a consultant from the world-renowned firm KPMG. We created a Strategic Planning Team tasked with the responsibility of finding the best option and then guiding us along that path through an open public process.
Our decision to engage in a strategic partnership was lauded around the province as a model of cooperation and collaboration.
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