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Brampton calls Mississauga's proposal to leave Peel Region 'disingenuous'

Last Updated Apr 7, 2016 at 6:38 pm EDT

Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Mississauga’s talk of separating from Peel Region is drawing criticism from neighbouring Brampton.

Mayor Linda Jeffrey says Mississauga’s growth and development is a direct result of the city’s participation in the Region of Peel and the billions of dollars contributed by Brampton taxpayers.

In a statement, Jeffrey says the region is currently conducting a study on seat allocation with a report due back in two months. She thought Mississauga was on side until she heard Mayor Bonnie Crombie on Wednesday talking about leaving the region.

“We all recognize that there will inevitably be different perspectives and interests at stake but initiating a costly facilitation process while at the same time seeking to leave the Region is not only disingenuous, but a frivolous use of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga taxpayer’s money.”

If Mississauga does decide to go out on its own, Jeffrey says Brampton expects to be compensated for its decades of investment to the regional system.

Jeffrey says Brampton was there to help Mississauga as it grew and built out and now as infrastructure investments are needed in Brampton, it wants to “cut and run.”