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Mississauga considering leaving Peel region

Bonnie Crombie
Bonnie Crombie is photographed in Mississauga, Ont. on Oct 24 2012. Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail/The Canadian Press

Mississauga city council is considering leaving the Region of Peel.

The council wants an independent study to determine whether leaving the region is the best decision for them.

If they leave they would become a single-tier municipality.

“Mississauga is Ontario’s third largest city with a population approaching 800,000,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie in a statement released after council made its decision.

“We think it is critically important that we control our own destiny and that we are able to make decisions that are in the best interests of Mississauga residents.”

Crombie said residents would be part of the consultation.

“A lot has changed since 1974, and this conversation is long overdue. We need to do what works for Mississauga and ensure our residents get a fair deal,” she said.

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“As the largest tax base in Peel Region, our taxpayers’ hard-earned money must go toward their needs.”