John-Paul Danko, JP Danko, Ward 7, Hamilton, Central Mountain, 2016, Byelection, by-election, Damin Starr, Tim Gordon, Geraldine McMullen, Hans Zuriel, Robert Bolton, Philip Bradshaw, Doug Farraway, Gregory Lenko, Anthony Nicholl, Howard Rabb, Uzma Qureshi, Chris Charlton, Monique Taylor, Scott Duvall, NDP, Liberal, Conservative, bob charters, charters

Why Are Political Parties Interested In Hamilton City Hall?

Dear Ward 7 Neighbours,

Andrew Dreschel’s recent commentary in the Hamilton Spectator “NDP Split In Ward 7 Byelection” raises a question that will be of interest to Ward 7 voters: why are political parties interested in Hamilton City Hall?

There are several NDP, Liberal and Conservative Party affiliated candidates running in the Hamilton Ward 7 by-election to take over from MP Scott Duvall.

In the case of Ward 7, the NDP has an obvious interest in retaining their grip on the Hamilton Mountain.

Other political party candidates may see a municipal race as an opportunity to gain experience and prepare for a provincial or federal run – and a win would certainly improve their chances of being elected to higher office in the future.

Yet even as the campaign is just getting underway, we are already seeing how party politics can impact city governance, as a party turf war has broken out between those supporting NDP candidates Uzma Qureshi and Geraldine McMullen.

(To his credit, MP Scott Duvall has so far remained impartial – a pragmatic approach as he will have to work with whomever is ultimately elected.)

I believe that political party affiliation may ultimately lead to conflicted interests at City Council.

For example, will a party affiliated Hamilton City Councillor vote for what their constituents want or what their party wants?

Will a party affiliated City Councillor be pressured to forward certain issues that might cost another party popularity.

Will a party affiliated City Councillor work to block certain City business if it is not in the best interests of their party?

As an independent candidate, I come from outside of Hamilton’s established political circles.

I believe that I offer an alternative to the party politics and voting blocks that often seem to stand in the way of sound decision making at City Hall.

If you are a Ward 7 by-election voter and are concerned about party politics at City Hall the solution is simple:

Before you vote, ask your preferred Ward 7 candidate: are you a member of a political party?

Sincerely,

John-Paul Danko

John-Paul Danko – Hamilton City Council Candidate

Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain

John-Paul Danko, JP Danko, Ward 7, Hamilton, Central Mountain, 2016, Byelection, by-election, Damin Starr, Tim Gordon, Geraldine McMullen, Hans Zuriel, Robert Bolton, Philip Bradshaw, Doug Farraway, Gregory Lenko, Anthony Nicholl, Howard Rabb, Uzma Qureshi, Chris Charlton, Monique Taylor, Scott Duvall, NDP, Liberal, Conservative

WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOURS SAY ABOUT JOHN-PAUL DANKO

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I met JP Danko at the Hamilton Citizen Jury event at Mohawk College, and I have to say, I wholeheartedly endorse him as Candidate for Ward 7.

My personal opinion is he is a great balance for the Mountain, and understands and knows the challenges that lie ahead. He is an excellent diplomat that can engage Mountain residents and Lower City residents. He has the Concession BIA in his ward, the only true urbanized street on the Mountain, so this is a very important anchor of urbanization to market the rest of Ward 7.

Mark IT Professional, Hamilton December 9, 2015

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I wish John-Paul Danko had been the Councillor for Ward 7 during the ARC, he has already proven he wouldn't have been afraid to get involved with the process, get his hands dirty and work with the community! I will be voting for him on March 21st!

Stefanie Store Manager, Resident-Ward 7, Hamilton Central Mountain December 9, 2015

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I’m endorsing John-Paul Danko as the independent candidate for Ward 7.

Ward 7 needs a city councillor that represents everyone, not just Conservative, Liberal, or NDP supporters.

Greg Executive Director of the Escarpment Project February 1, 2016

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Finally a candidate I can get excited about voting for! John-Paul has integrity, vision and a very personal stake in the future of Ward 7.

Dee College Teacher, Resident-Ward 7, Hamilton Central Mountain December 9, 2015

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Having worked with John-Paul on a project recently I was most impressed with his willingness to look at a problem from every angle and perspective, this is not a guy who is afraid to think outside the box and advocate for what he believes in.

Duane Civil Engineer, Grimsby December 9, 2015

3 thoughts on “Why Are Political Parties Interested In Hamilton City Hall?”

  1. What are your thoughts on GO transit available on the mountain instead of mountain residents having to go down down to catch a GO bus to Toronto ? I am pleased to have a candidate running for council that is not affiliated with a political party or any special interest group so that the needs of the voters are first not what a party wants.

  2. What are your thoughts on making GO transit available on the mountain instead of mountain residents having to go down town to get a GO bus? I am pleased to have someone to vote for that is not affiliated with a political party or any special interest group.

    1. Hi Anne, thanks for the comment!

      A GO Transit terminal on the mountain is an appealing idea – however, we have to remember that the City of Hamilton is responsible for regional transit while Metrolinx’ mandate is inter-regional. This makes it extremely unlikely that the Province would fund a mountain GO terminal.

      The mountain needs better public transit service to connect commuters to GO Transit and alleviate congestion on the Linc and Red Hill – this is the role of the HSR. The BLAST network which is an integral part of the B-Line LRT plan includes the A-line LRT route on Upper James as well as express bus service on Mohawk / Upper Ottawa and Rymal Road. As a City we are responsible for providing connections between our regional HSR service and the province’s inter-regional GO service.

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