Comment 43711

By jasonaallen (registered) - website | Posted July 20, 2010 at 15:47:02

I'm more than happy to say that I do NOT speak on behalf of the HCL, indeed I have never claimed to. I strongly support what they are doing, because I believe that if everyday people in Hamilton get a chance to speak out about what they value - the results are going to be pretty similar to what I value. Which was exactly what they discovered in Guelph. I am, however, prepared to put that belief on the line, and go out and engage with my neighbors and find out what it is they value.

"With less than 100 days to Election Day I would suggest that people should seek the candidates they believe can bring change to Hamilton and throw their volunteer support behind those candidates." - Get Going

I agree that this is an important part of the process, but it probably won't impact the anticipated >40% voter turnout most people are expecting. HCL's process will, if enough people get behind it.

Say what you will about the admittedly short timelines, but sitting on the sidelines and saying "they have opinions" or "they waited too long" only serves to reinforce the problem of a lack of civic engagement in Hamilton.

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