Are Municipalities Creatures of the Provinces?

This is a provocative question, who has the authority to create local government, where do the powers to institute local government come from, what authorizes their creation and dissolution?

“This article challenges the standard idea that municipalities are creatures of the provinces, and suggests instead that they embody one of the major principles of a free and democratic society, the right of local self-government. Municipalities are political authorities of a different sort, which may coexist with the state but are not strictly part of it.

Local self-government is a practice rooted in everyday life, and there is more to it than just having municipal authorities. Canadians have yet to have a proper debate about the constitutional implications of giving appropriate recognition to this practice.”

W. Magnusson | Feb 1 2005 | Political Science | Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’études canadiennes,