A Message from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted September 20th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
If you have been paying any attention to what has been going on at Niagara regional council and some of our local councils in this region of the province over the past four years, or reading some of the news and commentary on this site or our daily newspapers, you must know by now that we have a hell of a deplorable mess on our hands in the governance department.
To be fair, we have some very good people sitting on our regional and local councils who have tried – often with the odds stacked against them – to fight the good fight on behalf of their communities, and they deserve to be re-elected.
And that we need these good people and the experience they have back to work with new people coming in.
As for new people, there are some very good first-time candidates out there, but beware. And this is why it is so very important that you, as a voter, get engaged and do your homework on the candidates because there are also more than a few – especially on the slate of candidates running for regional council – who would be no better than the Darth Vaders we now need to vote out.
That last point is worth repeating because I am hearing alot of people say that they will throw a party if they get rid of all or most of the bad people on council now. There is no party to throw, though, if it leads to trading one bad one in for another.
The real special interests out there who put their money behind the candidates they count on to do their bidding don’t care if it is the bad person we voted out or a bad person we made the mistake of voting in – just so long as they have enough bad people on the council to do their bidding.
So we have a lot of homework to do in the weeks and days leading up to these October 22nd municipal elections folks.
And we need to do it, because these are arguably the most important municipal elections Niagara has faced in decades.
We can’t afford four more years of the kind of dark, dysfunctional, ugly and divisive partisan politics and backroom dealings that we have had – especially at the regional council level – over the past four years.
There is nothing less than the future of our Niagara region at stake!
Niagara At Large will have much more to say about all of this and the candidates we feel need to stay and go in the days a weeks ahead. Please keep checking in at www.niagaraatlarge.com .
In the meantime, here are some links that may be helpful.
First, here is a link for all the candidates running in your area of the Niagara region – https://www.niagararegion.ca/government/council/municipal-election/municipal-candidates.aspx
Second, here is a link to recent lists of incumbents to re-elect and vote out from a Niagara-based citizens group called ‘A Better Niagara’ – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/09/06/better-niagara-group-makes-its-endorsements-of-regional-council-candidates-who-believe-in-integrity-transparency-and-accountability/ .
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