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Canada's Pubic Safety minister is playing down concerns of some mayors over the new RCMP contract.
Vic Toews says very few municipalities are unhappy with the RCMP contract and the few that are "It is either a political issue on the part of some of the municipalities or it is ..well I am not quite sure what the issue is."
Toews says for communities who haven't ratified the deal the choice clearly defined.
"I think it is very clear if you don't want the RCMP the alternatives are very expensive and I think they have recognized they are getting an exceptional service at a price that is lower than they would otherwise have to pay."
Some of the hold out communities, like Burnaby, say they will ratify "under protest" before next weeks deadine in order to avoid a hit to their budget.