I believe your correct. Toe the line kind of politician. Guess its part of the territory, but it was pretty disapponting when he voted not to have the regional chair position as an elected official.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 7 April 2016 at 21:35
I would have voted as the Mayor did. I don't know his rational but for me the question is one of strict practicality.
Neither a Prime Minister nor a Premier has to contest an election in an area as large as York Region.
They compete for votes in a home riding.
We have numerous Federal and Provincial ridings in York Region. As they get too big to manage, they are divided again.
Think about that.
York Region is vast.
As would be the cost of a campaign...the organisation each candidate would require ...the fund-raising for a campaign . All are factors that need to be considered.
Where would funds be solicited? Right....developers, contractors,suppliers.....all those who do business with the Region.
Political Contributions would increase the price of contracts ....as part of the overhead of doing business....taxes would rise.
A tax rebate would be expected as it is Federally and Provincially.
Party politics would likely become a factor in municipal politics.
What if a Mayor and Chair had opposite platforms...how would voters work ithat out in the choice?
A successful candidate could be in debt for years; how might he/she realistically be expected to mitigate that debt? Or would it be dismissed as inconsequential. That would be unrealistic.
Half the population currently dismiss municipal government. They have done for decades. If Regional government means nothing to them now .why would direct election of the chair make a difference?
I don't argue the current system is satisfactory. It is not.
Regional government itself is the problem.
But it's here to stay.