Comment 108904

By LeeEdwardMcIlmoyle (registered) - website | Posted February 09, 2015 at 11:45:31

applause

Ryan, you nailed it on the head.

Our Council can't work as a team. The city has become balkanized by the constant grousing about the inequities of amalgamation. Many of these councillors have become so parochial, and so very, very small-minded, that OUR Council is even less effective than it was before the election, where they would at least agree to do something, even if they would weasel out of their commitments later. Now they just spew soundbites and refuse to agree on a course of action for anything that affects parts of the city they don't like driving through.

City Council is seriously broken. Egos are running rampant, and no one has the power or influence to make anything positive happen in hamilton anymore. I'm all for consensus building, but if this is any indication of what we have to look forward to in the next four years, I think we need to relook at election reform, including binding commitments for the performance review and possible recall of ineffective councillors. We also need to insist on referendum points being added to our ballots, so we can tell our politicians what their job is, rather than them haring off to some country club meeting to have their marching orders given to them.

Why are we being forced to suffer through years of ineptitude and intransigence? What did we do wrong to these people, other than finding it physically impossible to live in every ward at once?

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