Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Directly-Elected Regional Chair

“We are pleased that the Government of Ontario has stepped up and introduced this legislation. Businesses and citizens support this governance reform, allowing us to become more democratic, effective and transparent.”                                                                      — Mishka Balsom, President & CEO, GNCC

A News Release from the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce
Posted November 17th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – This Wednesday, the Government of Ontario introduced new legislation which would mandate directly-elected regional chairs for two-tier regions such as Peel, York, and Niagara.

A recent meeting of Niagara regional council. File photo, Doug Draper

A recent meeting of Niagara regional council. File photo, Doug Draper

Governance reform has been an appeal the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce alongside Niagara’s business community has supported for many years, and it remains so today. The GNCC’s Vote Niagara 2014 initiative called on all candidates to publicly state their support for this move following past surveys of GNCC members indicating that governance reform was one of the highest priorities for the business community.

A directly-elected chair is more democratic, with Niagara’s most powerful municipal politician now accountable directly to the people. Accountability, openness and transparency in politics are good for business.  Additionally, a directly elected chair with support from across the entire region will further link our economic interests and provide focus to the collective prosperity of all our municipalities within a regional economy.

We are hopeful that the Building Ontario Up for Everyone Act (Budgetary Measures), 2016 will pass and that 2018 will be the first time that the citizens of Niagara are able to select their own candidate for regional chair.

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is the champion for the Niagara business community. With over 1,600 members representing 50,000 employees, it is the largest business organization in Niagara and the third largest Chamber in Ontario. The Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada has recognized the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce with its highest level of distinction.

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3 responses to “Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Directly-Elected Regional Chair

  1. An excellent proactive initiative which is timely and appropriate. Transparency and accountability are the cornerstones of responsible representation. Removing the perception or possibility of collusion or croneyism will bring a much needed refreshing change for the electorate in the Region.


  2. And Caslin does not agree with this?????? Why??????? Chuckle….how sad.


  3. And the most wealthy (Real Estate holdings), Partisan (treasurer of one of the Conservatives ridings or provincial bodies, I dunno, not being Conservative) and part of the Caslin and Co cabal at the Region says now, (after campaigning on elected regional chair as The local daily states today) has done a 180? Maybe I read this wrong. Don’t think so, because Mr. C. hired in one fell swoop a couple of years ago, three assistants, Tamming, D’Ambroise and Developer Raseta’s assistant, to help him out at the Region. All Conservative supporters, workers, from Fed. Conservative Blaney to Rick Dykstra. How much do these three make from taxpayers pockets, and what exactly is it that they do? Gee, I forget. Anyone know? Just asking.


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