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Waterloo mayoral candidate says it's time to talk about shrinking regional council

Waterloo mayoral candidate Chris Kolednik says he thinks it's time to discuss shrinking the size of regional council.

"How many more people do we need in terms of voices at council?" asks Chris Kolednik

Waterloo mayoral candidate Chris Kolednik says it's time to start a discussion about shrinking the size of regional council. His suggestion comes as the provincial government has indicated it plans to review regional governments in the coming months. (Peggy Lam/CBC)

It's time to discuss shrinking the size of regional council, according to Waterloo mayoral candidate Chris Kolednik.

Kolednik said the provincial government has said it will be reviewing regional governments in the coming months, and it's a good idea to get ahead of any changes that could happen.

He said each city could lose at least one councillor.

"When a lot of people go to regional council or even city council, they're all in agreement anyways, so how many more people do we need in terms of voices at council," Kolednik said.

Kolednik said the time to talk about this is now, before Premier Doug Ford starts a review of regional governments across the province.

"It's on the minds of people right now. It's something that we should discuss and I'm bringing these issues to the table," he said. "We need to have a community-based discussion surrounding this topic before the Ford government imposes their will on this region."

Listen to the interview with Chris Kolednik, which aired on CBC K-W's The Morning Edition:

Chris Kolednik is running for mayor in Waterloo and says it's time to discuss shrinking the size of regional council. 4:00