At today's State of the City talk, Mayor Bob Bratina brought up the forced amalgamation of Hamilton with its suburbs.
By Ryan McGreal
Published January 08, 2014
this article has been updated
Mayor Bob Bratina raised the issue of amalgamation in his 2014 State of the City address this morning. You can watch a video recording of the address courtesy of Joey Coleman (who you should support if you haven't already):
Right after the meeting, the Mayor's office issued an email to media to announce a presentation by Professor Tim Cobban of Western University "on his work regarding amalgamation in Ontario."
The presentation will take place today, January 8, 2014, at 3:00 PM in the MacNab Room, Sheraton Hotel, 116 King Street West.
In 2010, Bratina campaigned for election as Mayor in part on a promise to revisit the amalgamation of Hamilton with its suburban communities, a decision that was implemented in 2001 against extensive local opposition.
Specifically, his campaign website (offline but archived here) pledged to "Confront the fact that forced amalgamation has created deep divisions in our community and has not worked effectively to improve the lives of our citizens ... through a full review of municipal structure".
It is not clear what, if anything, Bratina has done in the three-plus years since becoming mayor to follow up on this promise. However, the next municipal election is coming up this October.
Bratina has not yet registered his candidacy, but in response to a recent question by The Hamiltonian, he wrote, "I have no reason not to seek re-election and a formal statement will come down at the right time."
Other promises from Bratina's 2010 campaign page include: "Work with all levels of government to bring light rail transit to Hamilton"; "Provide strong leadership characterized by consultation, consensus-building and decision-making that will benefit the greatest number of residents"; and "Provide real and effective leadership to city council".
Update: You can watch Joey Coleman's video recording of the 3:00 PM presentation:
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