Comment 29782

By C. Erl (registered) - website | Posted March 27, 2009 at 11:50:07

Hey everyone,

Some good points have been raised and its nice to see people are getting involved in a much needed debate.

To address the point about party slates, I simply used the current examples because they would be the easiest to work from. If we look to Vancouver, they have 3 major parties that are (for the most part) unaligned with the existing parties. They also have an elected Green Party which, as far as I know, is mostly separate from the national and provincial party. In Hamilton, we can do the same thing, creating an umbrella left party, for example, that would unite Greens, New Democrats and other unaligned progressives.

As for the ward issue, I could not agree more. I hope council stays true to it's promise of altering the ward boundaries during the 2010-2014 council and finally gives us a little representation by population.

I'm glad that people are addressing this debate and hopefully it will be a major issue in 2010.

-Chris Erl

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