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安省政府对安省各市/区政府的审核结果:一切照旧,没有透明度
No action, no transparency after reviewing reginal governments commissioned by Queen’s Park




2019年1月,安省福特政府开始对地区政府的审查。该审查涵盖了安大略省的8个行政区(达勒姆,哈尔顿,穆斯科卡区,尼亚加拉,牛津县,皮尔,滑铁卢和约克),和辛科县及73个小城市。我曾发表过这个话题的文章,包括:安省保守党政府全面审核安省区政府的效率安省的区政府有必要保留吗?

In January of 2019, the FORD Ontario government initiated a review for regional governments. The review covers Ontario’s 8 regional municipalities (Durham, Halton, Muskoka District, Niagara, Oxford County, Peel, Waterloo, York), Simcoe County, and their 73 lower-tier municipalities. For my earlier articles on this subject, please click: http://chinesenewsgroup.com/news/665980 and http://chinesenewsgroup.com/news/666012.

安省市政事务和住房厅长克拉克任命了2位特别顾问Ken Seiling(前滑铁卢区政府主席)和Michael Fenn(前三任省长手下的副部长)成立了咨询小组,协助这项审查。该咨询小组的任务是向市政事务和住房厅长提供专家建议,并就改善区域治理和服务向省府提出建议。

Mr. Steve Clark, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, appointed 2 special advisors Ken Seiling (former Waterloo region Chair) and Michael Fenn (former deputy minister under three premiers) as an advisory body to help with this review. The mandate of the advisory body is to provide expert advice to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and to make recommendations to the government on opportunities to improve regional governance and service delivery.



根据省府的审查框架,咨询小组的工作集中在有关市政管理、决策以及市政如何提供服务的一些问题上。该咨询小组向来自九个较大规模的城市/区政府和73个小城市的议员们,商界代表及居民们征求意见。咨询方式包括与各个区或市议会、议员们,和主要的市民协会进行座谈,以及在网上同居民和企业交换意见。

According to the Ministry's specifications for this review, recommendations from the advisory body will focus on a number of questions on municipal governance and decision-making as well as municipal service delivery. The advisory body will solicit input from elected and appointed council members, municipal and business stakeholders and members of the public from the nine upper-tier municipalities and 73 lower-tier member municipalities. The consultation process will include interviews with members of Councils and Regions, key municipal associations, and on-line consultations with residents and businesses.

今年的整个夏天,两个指定的顾问都按照政府的要求和指南进行了工作。许多市政的政客们对省府的此举进行了猜测,或对此举想当然地下结论。有些政客想与区政府分道扬镳,成为一个独立的城市。一个例子是,密西沙加市想脱离皮尔区而成为独立的市级政府。

All summer long, the special advisors worked with their scope and guidelines. There were plenty of speculations and wishful thoughts from the municipal politicians. Some wanted a break from Regional government and become a city independent of it. One example would be that of the City of Mississauga breaking away from the Region of Peel to become a single-tier government.



有关约克区政府也要解体的谣言此起彼伏。今年的整个夏季,精简行政机构和城市的合并成为人们议论的话题,包括万锦市要吞下Stouffville市,Vaughan市和Richmond Hill市要离开约克区,以及Newmarket要把北部的那些小市镇纳入自己的版图。这些听起来似乎都是审查结束后自然会发生的事情。

In the Region of York, rumours of the breaking up of the region ran rampant. Consolidation and amalgamation of Cities became a trendy thought throughout the entire summer. The picture of Markham swallowing Stouffville, Vaughan and Richmond Hill breaking free of York region, and Newmarket picking up the northern municipalities all sounded like the obvious things that will happen naturally after the review.

克拉克厅长于2019年9月20日收到咨询小组的报告。2019年10月25日,他宣布报告已写好,且“省府不会对行政区域的划分做重大的改革”。这意味着“不会精简行政机构和城市合并”。取而代之的是,省政府将向各市政府提供1.43亿元的拨款,研究如何降低行政开支和改善对市民的服务。克拉克厅长说该报告属于机密,不会公布于众。

Minister Clark received the report on Sept. 20, 2019. On Oct 25, 2019 he announced that the report was ready and “Ontario will not radically redraw province’s regional governments”. This simply means “no consolidations and amalgamations”. Instead, Queen’s Park will offer up $143-million for municipalities to find new ways to lower costs and improve services. Minister Clark said the report was confidential and would not be released.



对于某些政客来说,报告不公开令他们失望,而对于其他政客来说,这是一个值得庆贺的事。密西沙加市很失望,因为它试图成为一个独立的城市。对于约克区政府来说,他们非常高兴,恨不得开瓶香槟来庆祝。因为这个帝国得以生存,没有被打散。大多数地方政府都对维持现状感到非常高兴。

This is a disappointment to some politicians and a joyous moment for others indeed. For Mississauga, it is a disappointment as the attempt to become a full-fledged city vaporizes. To the Region of York, the officials would certainly celebrate with the uncorking of champagnes – the empire is preserved and not broken up. Most other regional governments are simply happy that the status quo is maintained.

令咨询小组Ken Seiling感到失望的是,厅长克拉克并没有太多采纳他们报告中所提出的建议。他说:“我们的报告在改善政府问责,提高政府机构的业绩,如何改革政府的架构方面提供了许多建议。报告也谈到了如何改进对市民的服务。” Seiling没有提报告的具体细节。由于报告不会公开,我们永远不会知道报告中的建议都有哪些。他暗示自己相信市政府是“一个变化无常的野兽”,市政管理需要改革来“适应时代”。他认为,从历史来看,市政当局的改革从来都不是件易事,或者,他们根本就不想改革。

Mr. Ken Seiling is disappointed Minister Steve Clark didn't act on more of his report's recommendations. "We gave them recommendations to improve accountability, improve performance of political bodies, how they should be structured. We talked about how service could be delivered," Seiling said. He offered no details and since the reports are not released, we will never know about those recommendations. Seiling hinted that he believes municipal governments are "a changing beast," and they need "to be adapted to the times." He thinks that history shows that municipalities do not reform themselves easily or at all.



咨询小组在审查过程中收到8,500多份意见书,与个人和各个组织就改善地方政府的方法进行了9次对话。克拉克厅长表示,省政府决定让各个市按对自己最有利的方式管理市政事务,省府不应该“发号施令”来决定各个市如何运作。克拉克的发言人奥德里斯科说,在未来几个月里,市政事务和住房厅对此审查报告还有更多的话要说。那些听了Seiling的话的人显然看出他很沮丧。如果不是省厅的规定,不是因为他不允许谈报告的细节,他将有很多话要说。

The review received more than 8,500 submissions and nine consultation sessions with individuals and organizations on ways to improve local government. Minister Clark said the government had decided that communities should decide what is best for them and that Queen’s Park should not pursue a “top-down approach.” Julie O'Driscoll, Clark's director of communications, said that the Ministry have more to say on this review in the coming months. To those who listened to Ken Seiling's statements, it is obvious that he was upset and had a lot to say if he was not muzzled or not allowed to give out details included in the final report.

就在公众期望福特政府摆脱安省前省长韦恩那种将委托第三方的报告打入冷宫的做法,期望福特政府更加透明时,克拉克厅长的这种对报告不采取行动和不公开报告内容使人们又一次对福特政府失望。许多人认为,安省目前要放慢对地方政府的改革的脚步,并等待时机实施改革,以便让改革给自己获得最大的政治利益。

Just when the public is expecting transparency out of the FORD government and moving away from the former Ontario Premier Wynne's veil of secrecy and negligence to commissioned reports, this non-action and non-disclosure taken by Minister Clark is becoming a major disappointment to them. Many believed that the Province is withholding their moves and reform to Regional Government at this time and waiting for the right moment to exercise them for maximum political gains.

对于其他人来说,各个区政府是勤俭替百姓做事的。 人们想让政府这头“大肥猪”减肥。 现在看起来,政府减肥并非那么容易。

To others, Regional Governments are spendthrifts. People want to stop the “gravy trains”. It does not look like those trains are coming to a stop any time soon.



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