Comment 122262

By ScreamingViking (registered) | Posted December 14, 2017 at 00:14:04

It's about time. The ward structure of the "new" city was never meant to be permanent. Our democratic system depends on geographic redistribution of representation as population changes, at all levels.

I've read in the news stories some concern expressed by a few councilors re: a drop in rural representation given this change. While it's likely this concern is simply re-worded worry over the loss of a seat in the "suburban" ring (i.e., pre-amalgamation not-Hamilton) to the "urban" centre (pre-amalg Hamilton), there will actually be more wards than before which encompass significant rural lands. So those incoming councilors just have to make sure their rural constituents are served equally to their urban ones.

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