The Rural Municipality of Archie

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Local Government - Amalgamation

Making Sense of the Amalgamation & Election Results 2015


Are you confused about the amalgamation and how it affects the current Councils of Ellice, Archie and the Village of St. Lazare? You’re not alone! Here are some frequently asked questions and answers.


When does the Amalgamation take effect?

The Amalgamation of Ellice – Archie comes into effect as of January 1st, 2015. This means the newly elected council does not take office until that time. The first meeting is scheduled for January 14th, 2015 when the newly elected council will be sworn into office.


Who is currently in office?

The members of Council for Archie, Ellice, and the Village of St. Lazare have had their terms extended until December 31, 2014. They will continue to sit for November & December and have administration authority only. These councils may not make any decisions that bind the new council.


What is the Transition Committee & what does it do?

The newly elected council members of council form the “Transition Committee”. This committee will meet several times between now and January 1st, 2015 to review and discuss by-laws, policies, and other issues in preparation for January 1st. While they can not officially make any decisions, the goal is to have ideas in place to make the transition in January much smoother and more efficient.


What does this mean to me?

If you have any concerns between now and the end of December 2014, continue to contact the same council representatives as you have for the past 4 years. As of January 1st, 2015 you will contact your newly elected representatives:

Reeve: Barry Lowes

Ward 1 / L.U.D. St. Lazare: Laurent Fouillard

Ward 2 (prev. Ellice excluding sections 3-10 township 16-29 WPM): Denis Fouillard, Angelo Fouillard, Gabriel Huberdeau

Ward 3 (prev. Archie including sections 3-10 township 16-29 WPM): Wendy Davidson, Gordon Bowey, Melissa Pateman. 


I still have more questions!

No problem! That is what we are here for! Please feel free to call either the McAuley office (204.722.2053) or St. Lazare office (204.683.2241) at any time!


Just in closing I would like to remind you how VITAL it is to develop the sense of “WE”! It’s no longer “THEM” and “US”…. we are all one big happy family now! This is a new opportunity, a new beginning, and a new day – let’s embrace it!