Hamilton's election campaign finally appears to have some steam behind it, with both Fred Eisenberger and Dave Braden throwing their hats into the ring for Mayor.
In the midst of the Eisenberger website controversy is one important issue that must be front and centre during this election: the enormous power levied by Hamilton's developers within our City Council.
I personally favour the idea of eliminating all donations other than citizen donations. This puts you and me on the same playing field as Mr. Losani or CUPE.
A recent CATCH news article is just one more example of how entire planning processes at city hall can be derailed when politicians and staff have one eye on proper planning practices and the other eye on potentially huge sources of campaign fundraising at election time.
Some argue that the candidates won't be able to run campaigns as professionally without as much money. I for one have no interest in our campaigns resembling those seen on US tv where election commercials are more like mini-Hollywood films full of nonsense and propaganda.
Give me an election where the winner is chosen based on his/her ideas, vision and leadership, not simply according to who has the slickest billboards or radio spots. Our city will be better off almost immediately once our democratic system is about the health and future of Hamilton instead of about catering to special interest groups.
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