Leadership Through Deliberate Collaboration

In a previous blog I spoke about how Mayor Mandel promoted annexation as a viable fiscal solution to his cities needs in his State of the City address.

It is time to get back to the core reason why the province set up the Capital Region Board (CRB) in 2008 under the Municipal Government Act. It is the sixth largest Census Metropolitan Area in Canada with 1.51 million people. That is 31.8% of Alberta’s population and 1.8% of Alberta’s land mass.

Annexation of a neighbouring municipality’s property is not what the CRB is about. Its ongoing role is to facilitate regional cooperation and coordination of long range planning and decision making in areas of regional interest to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future for the Region - all of the Region. The Board provides a venue for its 24 municipalities to think strategically and to work together on priorities to ensure the Region achieves its full economic potential and the highest quality of life possible for all residents.

The first thing that needs to happen is we need to stop this mud-slinging, robber baron mentality. We have region-wide challenges that must be addressed.  We can be very successful when open, honest dialogue comes to the table.

We attract more bees with honey, so to speak.

There are many players with many interests. In a recent Edmonton Journal article, it's abundantly clear to the Province that the current attitudes around the table are not where they need to be. Municipal Affairs Minister, Doug Griffiths put it bluntly: "Infighting like this, I don't know. It's quite absurd, really."

It does not sound like there is much collaboration going on.

Edmonton Councillor Don Iveson said it well in his most recent blog “… We’re midway through a project looking at whether delivering transit in the region would be more effective and efficient if united together in a regional services commission. It took two years to get to this point, but as Chair of the Regional Transit Committee I’ve been proud to show that diplomacy and cooperation can work in the region.”

Collaboration isn’t easy.  It’s hard work.  It’s sometimes messy and sometimes time consuming and sometimes exasperating.  But in the end, it’s the only way.  And when done properly, it’s always win-win.

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