“I encourage residents to ask all candidates running for office if they are more worried about saving their own job prospects or will commit to doing the right thing for Niagara by reducing the number of politicians.” – Niagara Region’s Chair and St. Catharines regional councillor candidate Al Caslin
A Statement from Al Caslin, Chair of Niagara Region’s council and a candidate for St. Catharines regional council in the upcoming October 22nd municipal elections
Posted September 26th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Alan Caslin recently appeared on ‘TVO’s: The Agenda with Steve Paikin’ to highlight that Niagara has too many politicians. Caslin is seeking re-election as a Regional Councillor in the City of St. Catharines building on four years of serving as Niagara’s Regional Chair.
Today, Caslin released the following statement –
“Let’s face it: Niagara region has a population of 450,000 people with 125 politicians. Hamilton just next door is over 550,000 people and has just 16 politicians. Simply put, we are over-governed.”
“Over many years, the size of Regional Council and the number of politicians on local councils has led to the historic lack of decisive decision-making that has held Niagara back.”
“It needs to change.”
“I fully support the Ontario Government’s review of local governance being initiated this fall, and look forward to contributing to that process.”
“Not surprisingly, most politicians are tone deaf to residents’ shock when they are told Niagara has 125 politicians. Reducing the number of politicians in Niagara will reduce the cost of government. While this decision may not be popular with the political class or media establishment, it is the right thing to do.”
“I encourage residents to ask all candidates running for office if they are more worried about saving their own job prospects or will commit to doing the right thing for Niagara by reducing the number of politicians.”
(A Brief Afterword from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper – Now you have read a position Al Caslin is taking on the number of politicians in Niagara – there are too many.
Early this October, Niagara At Large will be posting commentary of our own on the question of whether or not we have too many politicians in Niagara and the role that politicians or elected representatives can and should play in a democracy.
Niagara At Large will also be posting commentary on speculation that is out there already that Al Caslin’s political friend, Doug Ford, may announce plans to slash the number of local municipalities in Niagara, and may even reduce our region down to one ‘City of Niagara’.
We would suggest that you get ready for an announcement like that. If Ford can do what we recently witnessed him do with the council in the City of Toronto, anything is possible here.
Stay tuned to Niagara At Large for more on this and related issues.)
NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.
A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who also share their first and last names.
For more news and commentary from Niagara At Large – an independent, alternative voice for our greater bi-national Niagara region – become a regular visitor and subscriber to NAL at www.niagaraatlarge.com .
“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders