Dear Ward 1 Residents
Thank you. I am deeply honoured for the trust bestowed upon me as your City Councillor-elect. I am committed to working hard each and every day to retain that trust and to doing all I can to make our Ward and our City work better for more people.
Over the next few weeks, I will be using social media, along with a series of emails, to set out some thoughts about the election experience, what I heard at the doors, what I said at the doors, who I met at the doors and how this relates to Ward 1.
Following the results of the city election, particularly as it relates to the Mayor’s race and to Ward 1, I publicly stated that it is time for Hamilton to move forward with a progressive urban agenda. A failure to do so will mean that Hamilton risks falling further behind on issues directly related to economic prosperity, environmental sustainability, inclusivity and our efforts to make Hamilton the best place to raise a child and age successfully. To be sure, this includes our efforts to reduce poverty.
At its core, my campaign was rooted in three basic principles:
- It’s time for Hamilton to act as one city, not 15 wards
- It’s time for Hamilton City Council to start doing what it said it would do, and
- It’s time for us to lead, with purpose
In my conversations at the door, in my literature and in the debates, I stated clearly that this translates into this kind of agenda:
Hamilton must get on with finishing LRT. Let us be guided by facts, not fear.
Hamilton must get on with an action plan to address our affordable housing crisis. Affordable housing is an investment, not an expense.
Hamilton and all Canadian cities must take the lead in responding to the clear and present danger presented by a changing climate. This means firm urban boundaries. This means ensuring a fair and transparent pricing system for residential development.
Hamilton must get on with investing in its entire public transit system. Modern, competitive and sustainable cities have more public transportation, not less.