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?
John-Paul Danko – Hamilton City Council Candidate
Ward 7 Hamilton Central Mountain
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