St. Catharines City Council Candidate Delivers Petition to Restore Niagara Regional Chair Election to Local MPPs

“The response to this petition has confirmed what I’ve been hearing on the doorstep: residents want to directly elect their Regional Chair and they don’t like the provincial government meddling in municipal elections.” – Karrie Porter

News from the Campaign to Elect Karrie Porter to St. Catharines City Council

Posted August 3rd, 2018 on Niagara At Large

St. Catharines City Council candidate Karrie Porter (centre) with her petition and names on it so far, with Niagara Centre MPP Jeff Burch and St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens

Niagara, Ontario – This Friday, August 3rd, Karrie Porter, a candidate for St. Catharines city council in Ward 4- St. Patrick’s submitted petitions signed by hundred of Niagara residents to local MPPs Jennie Stevens (St. Catharines) and Jeff Burch (Niagara Centre).

The petition calls on Queen’s Park to restore the election for Niagara Regional Chair that was abruptly cancelled last week by the provincial government, without notice or consultation.

Porter launched the petition campaign on the same day (Friday, July 27th) the provincial government announced it was cancelling the election.

 “Petitions help to organize and educate people,” said Porter. “The response to this petition has confirmed what I’ve been hearing on the doorstep: residents want to directly elect their Regional Chair and they don’t like the provincial government meddling in municipal elections,” she added.

St. Catharines MPP Jennie Stevens praised Porter for her initiative. ”I’m pleased that Karrie brought forward this petition to defend local democracy in Niagara and applaud her continued efforts to raise awareness. Cancelling the election for Regional Chair is terribly undemocratic and I’ll continue to raise this issue with the Premier,” said Stevens.

Burch also commended Porter for organizing the petition campaign. “This undemocratic move by the provincial government does not save a single penny and strips us of our right to directly elect Niagara’s next Regional Chair. This petition will help us keep up the fight at Queen’s Park,” said Burch.

Almost 500 residents have signed so far. The petition is still available to be signed on Porter’s website at: https://www.karrieporter.ca/regional_election

A Footnote from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –

If you have not yet signed this petition, please click on the link above and step up to the plate and do it.
The bad people we unfortunately have in our municipal and provincial governments – at the Niagara regional government level, the bad councillors outnumber the good ones by  at least two to one – get away with what they  doi because too good citizens, either out of apathy or fear, do not exercise their responsibility in a democracy and  speak out.
There is far too much apathy and fear at play these days in this Niagara region. Get past it and sign this petition, and get engaged in the municipal elections coming up this October 22nd.

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“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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