‘Just When You Thought It Was Safe …’
A Brief News Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted June 28th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Niagara, Ontario – There were rumours circulating around in recent weeks that Niagara Region’s chair, Al Caslin, might not run again in this coming October’s municipal elections.
So much for those rumours.
And because I just returned from a visit with friends on Cape Cod, where there were warnings, over and over again, about great white sharks in the water and where the all-time scariest shark movie, Jaws, was filmed, let me begin with this line – “Just when you thought it was safe. …”
Just when at least some of you in that rumour mill possibly did, Al Caslin announced this June 28th that he is running again for Niagara Region’s top elected job – only this time in a region-wide race where his name will be on the ballot in this October 22nd municipal elections for each and every one of us who are eligible to vote.
When he won the top job on regional council the first time, in 2014, the then-St. Catharines regional councillor Al Caslin replaced past chair and Niagara-on-the-Lake regional councillor Gary Burroughs in a contest that was limited to only members of the council voting for a chairperson – a decades-long system of choosing regional chairs that has since been terminated by the provincial government.
Here is a statement from Caslin that his campaign released this June 28th, which also came with a video featuring the same narrative –
“For the past four years, I have been honoured to lead a Niagara Regional Council that has repeatedly delivered for Niagara residents.
As your Regional Chair, I have worked hard to bring Council and staff together to deliver on our commitments to you – and the results are clear: More Jobs, Lower Taxes, Real Results.
We have seen the creation of 12,700 new jobs, billions of dollars in economic growth annually, the lowest unemployment rate in 18 years, and a low tax plan that included a tax freeze in 2016.
Every day I am working with people from across our region to bring our communities together to make a difference for you. We always get further when we row in the same direction.
Together, we secured Daily GO Train service to Niagara Falls, won the 2021 Canada Summer Games bid, and have seen significant private sector investment through companies like GE Canada.
Much has been accomplished and there is more to do – there is real momentum in our communities when we work together and I’m proud to be leading that change.
It’s a great time to be in Niagara and I’m excited to continue serving as your Niagara Regional Chair.”
Now there, as Caslin was want to say in his annual State of the Region addresses, ‘is something to cheer about.”
For a related story on Caslin’s announcement, including the aforementioned video, click on – http://www.iheartradio.ca/610cktb/news/local/niagara-regional-chair-seeking-re-election-1.3946304 .
We’ll have much more to say about this and the race for Niagara regional chair on Niagara At Large in the days and weeks to come. But first let’s make the best of the Canada Day weekend.
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