16 Mar 2011

Halifax Residents Support Significantly Smaller Council

HALIFAX:  By a three to one margin, adult residents living in the Halifax Regional Municipality continue to oppose Council’s decision to maintain the status quo in terms of council size, with 23 councillors plus the mayor, according to the most recent survey conducted by Corporate Research Associates Inc. When asked specifically what would be an appropriate number of councilor members for HRM, more than eighty percent of residents cited a smaller number than is the current case, with the average preferred number of fourteen councillors.

The average preferred number of council members is consistent across the municipality and by age, gender, and household income. These findings are consistent with two other similar surveys in August and November of 2010.

“The results are clear. The vast majority prefers a much smaller council,” according to Don Mills, President & CEO of Corporate Research Associates. “Interestingly, the average preferred number of council members is in line with that for most of Canada’s top twenty cities.”

These results are part of the CRA Halifax Urban Report, an independent survey of Halifax Regional Municipality residents. The results are based on a sample of 403 adult residents, conducted from February 7 to February 19, 2011, with overall results accurate to within ±4.9 percentage points, 95 out of 100 times.

For more information, please contact: Don Mills, President and CEO at (902) 493-3838.

For more information, please contact: Margaret Brigley, CRA Executive Vice-President, at (902) 493-3830.

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Amanda Bates