Comment 50570

By cd (anonymous) | Posted October 26, 2010 at 17:00:33

Great article, Ryan!

Why don't Martinus, Jelly, Matt, and all the outstanding progressive candidates who didn't win form a sort of 'shadow opposition' to the elected Councillors? By that I mean a Council of its own (a royal opposition to City Council)comprising of one or two defeated candidates from each of the Hamilton wards, that meets regularly every month or so, & as a whole sets an active agenda for monitoring and responding directly to the issues as they occur and to the councillors involved.

This way candidates can begin a process of monitoring politics at City Hall (a true participatory democracy), using media (like blogs, local publications, 'Spectator', etc) to comment direrctly on what's happening and begin to get their names out there. I like the idea of a 'shadow Council' comprised of the bright progressive individuals who, if they do this diligently enough, can be that 'other' Council competing with the Incumbents who seem all but unbeatable.

Just a thought. What do you think?

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