Comment 830

By markwhittle (registered) - website | Posted August 29, 2006 at 18:30:57

Thanks for the e-mail respecting CATCH's notions about how municipal election campaigns should be financed.

Presently I'm the front-runner in ward seven now that Liberal Incumbant Bill Kelly has decided to persue private interests, instead of the publics interests, It's mine to lose.

Having participated in the last four municipal elections and having the distinction of being the first Hamiltonian to call for an election audit, not Chapman, it would be fair to say I know all there is to know about what goes on here in Hamilton, the good, the bad and the ugly.

I have always self-funded my campaigns because of the controvery created by municipal candidates who are not familiar with the municipal elections act and neither are their corporate donors, so they fouled their own nest.

But criminalizing corporate donors was the wrong thing to do, and they are rightly steamed.

The rules are clear, so there's really no excuse accept when paid consultants like Earnscliffe strategy Groups employees 'volunteer' to run your municipal election campaign.

You know the one.

They handled all the money and the required paperwork, most of the time in secret.

Usually the candidate's are too busy to run around collecting cheques from the Captains of Industry nor handle the book keeping and record taking that is required under the municipal elections act.

So when the Mayor was caught up in controversy he was loathe to call a spade a spade, especially a Liberal Earnscliffe Consultants one that should have been fired on the spot.

I take it this individual won't be making the same mistakes on this campaign since he's running it again, nor repeat his strange lapse in judgement by not informing the donors of their responsabilities under the auspices of the Municipal Elections Act, nor bothering to tell the candidate that there were multiple cheques given by the same donors.

As I told Dan in an earlier communiqe, I would agree with many points in CATCH's press release that will go a long way in improving accountability and transparency.

But with Bill Kelly not running, that leaves me, an independant, and the NDP's offering, Scott Duvall, someone with long union roots who is already retired and double dipping on pensions, so why did the NDP recruit this ex-officio union executive when they know full well that elected politicians like NDP member Chris Charlton are discouraged from trying to gerrymandre local elections like this one, by foisting in a candidate that will do the NDP's bidding at the council table?

What did ward seven challenger Scott Duvall promise to do for the NDP in return for using the NDP's riding association members to work his campaign?

What's Scott Duvall's "secret agenda", he must have one since the NDP came to him, not the other way around, as much as Scott Duvall will try to claim otherwise.

He will be soundly rejected on November 13th, that's a fact.

He will be rendered DOA at the ballot box by the time November 13th rolls around.

So what's the difference whether a bunch of developers getting together and properly funding a candidate of their choice, or in Scott duvall's case, the provincial NDP getting their members together to foist their candidate in by doing all the canvassing and leg work?

As far as I'm concerned, nothing at all, they are both the wrong thing to do.

So what should I do as the front runner, refuse to take union and developer money while the NDP recruited candidate Scott Duvall gets access to all the NDP riding associations members, so he can solicit funds from them?

It will be easy to tell if this is true because I know where most of the NDP members live and seeing Scott Duvall election signs on their front lawns will prove Chris Charltons riding association is involved up to their necks.

Unlike Scott duvall, I have a proven public record of advocacy for disabled children that is known around the world.

My disabled son Logan recently passed away and I have his fire in my belly to win this election for him, just like I promised Logan I would when he was alive.

I'm a man of my word.

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