Suburban voters are hungry for change

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The ghost of Democracy Denied appeared last week and caused quite a scare amongst the perpetrators. Bob Bratina, a downtown councillor, courageously broached the topic of the discontent amongst those whose towns had been stolen from them by amalgamation. Then, all hell broke loose.

First, Mayor Di Ianni slammed Bratina for not understanding that cities are for developers not people.

Next, Premier McGuinty arrived in town to collect his party's lifeblood from those with more than democracy on their minds. And local journalists were present and warmed by his kind words that the discontented shouldn't look to him for redress. The actual gist was "Make amalgamation work." Ask yourself: how do you make theft work?

Clearly, those who have the power to clean up Hamilton's misgovernance by voting need to be reassured that there is no hope - no councillors, no MPPs will speak for them - in fact their voice doesn't matter.

Media message: you have no visible leaders and no hope. All you can do is watch. And you can also work harder and longer so your increased taxes can help out the corporate welfare class.

So Bob, keep speaking out. Your words are like fresh air.

The people are hungry for a change to government at all levels - for a government that is truly 'of the people' and 'for the people.'

The only question is whether they have the heart to make it 'by the people.'

How about helping us, Bob, by standing for mayor yourself?

Bryan Kerman

Ancaster

Suburban voters are hungry for change

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The ghost of Democracy Denied appeared last week and caused quite a scare amongst the perpetrators. Bob Bratina, a downtown councillor, courageously broached the topic of the discontent amongst those whose towns had been stolen from them by amalgamation. Then, all hell broke loose.

First, Mayor Di Ianni slammed Bratina for not understanding that cities are for developers not people.

Next, Premier McGuinty arrived in town to collect his party's lifeblood from those with more than democracy on their minds. And local journalists were present and warmed by his kind words that the discontented shouldn't look to him for redress. The actual gist was "Make amalgamation work." Ask yourself: how do you make theft work?

Clearly, those who have the power to clean up Hamilton's misgovernance by voting need to be reassured that there is no hope - no councillors, no MPPs will speak for them - in fact their voice doesn't matter.

Media message: you have no visible leaders and no hope. All you can do is watch. And you can also work harder and longer so your increased taxes can help out the corporate welfare class.

So Bob, keep speaking out. Your words are like fresh air.

The people are hungry for a change to government at all levels - for a government that is truly 'of the people' and 'for the people.'

The only question is whether they have the heart to make it 'by the people.'

How about helping us, Bob, by standing for mayor yourself?

Bryan Kerman

Ancaster

Suburban voters are hungry for change

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The ghost of Democracy Denied appeared last week and caused quite a scare amongst the perpetrators. Bob Bratina, a downtown councillor, courageously broached the topic of the discontent amongst those whose towns had been stolen from them by amalgamation. Then, all hell broke loose.

First, Mayor Di Ianni slammed Bratina for not understanding that cities are for developers not people.

Next, Premier McGuinty arrived in town to collect his party's lifeblood from those with more than democracy on their minds. And local journalists were present and warmed by his kind words that the discontented shouldn't look to him for redress. The actual gist was "Make amalgamation work." Ask yourself: how do you make theft work?

Clearly, those who have the power to clean up Hamilton's misgovernance by voting need to be reassured that there is no hope - no councillors, no MPPs will speak for them - in fact their voice doesn't matter.

Media message: you have no visible leaders and no hope. All you can do is watch. And you can also work harder and longer so your increased taxes can help out the corporate welfare class.

So Bob, keep speaking out. Your words are like fresh air.

The people are hungry for a change to government at all levels - for a government that is truly 'of the people' and 'for the people.'

The only question is whether they have the heart to make it 'by the people.'

How about helping us, Bob, by standing for mayor yourself?

Bryan Kerman

Ancaster