Comment 67229

By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted August 02, 2011 at 13:46:27 in reply to Comment 67225

I'm not blaming our elected leaders for being installed by voters so much as noting that council is arguably coasting if not stagnant and has historically shown itself to be allergic to measures such as the ones outlined above. The figure eight was selected because it is the baseline amount of voting muscle required to make institutional reforms more likely. I wouldn't presume to lay out a criteria for big-picture thinking, but at bare minimum it might involve being able to consider the value of long-term investments and ambitious initiatives that do not immediately benefit their constituents’ neighbourhoods but which contain the promise of a brighter and more prosperous Hamilton somewhere down the line. The question is as simple as it is complex, and that's why I called on the author to sound off.

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