Drumheller's neighbor to the west is trying to break away from its neighbor to the west.
Wheatland County council met this week to discuss a plan by the Alberta Government to force it into a regional partnership with the City of Calgary and other municipalities surrounding the city.
"The proposed voting structure is that the majority of the population plus two thirds of the municipalities have to agree," explained Wheatland reeve Glenn Koester. "That means Calgary has to agree."
"Over the history of the world, lots of people have fought very hard and paid huge prices just so they have the right to vote for themselves. I don't see this much different," he charged. "When it was a voluntary thing, Calgary Regional partnership, we participated but when the Calgary Regional Partnership became the Calgary Metropolitan Plan we said no, we're not part of this anymore."
The latest statement from Municipal Affairs says only the part of Wheatland County west of Highway 21 would be lumped into the greater Calgary authority, but Koester counters you can't have different rules for people living in the same county, but on opposite sides of the highway.
"We have very little growth in Wheatland County, growth in population is two per cent, we're more or less holding our own," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "We don't have any big super malls coming on the horizon or anything like that; I'm thinking we'd be more of a hindrance to Calgary or Rockyview (County)."
Affected mayors and reeves are supposed to get together in March to talk about it. The province wants regional growth management boards set up and running for Edmonton and Calgary areas before the next municipal election in October.