By Ben Bull
Published August 24, 2006
I find it quite extraordinary that Mayor Larry Di Ianni refuses to forgo donations from Corporations and disclose to us who his campaign contributors are.
Will this man never learn?
It is precisely this lack of discretion and concern that got him into this Municipal Elections Act mess in the first place. You'd think a date with the judge would help him see sense.
Of course it doesn't help that the province neglected to put into law the changes to the Act that would have made these measures mandatory. I guess we need a few more scandals before that's going to happen.
As for Mr. Di Ianni's contention that people will get "confused" if he changes his approach now - I find it hard to see how Mr. Di Ianni's donors could be any more "confused" than they were last time around.
I know it takes money to win an election and I don't envy any candidates the enormous task ahead of them. But it's not just about being first past the post.
It takes integrity and leadership to be a good politician and I would expect municipal candidates to seek every opportunity to demonstrate these traits.
Here in Toronto, the message is starting to seep through. I'm sad to see that in this, Hamilton is lagging behind again.