Governments are supposed to re-assess and alter electoral districts every few years to reflect population growth.
The Feds did it for the last election and the Province will do the same in the next election.
But Hamilton City Council continues to procrastinate on the issue.
Despite huge population growth and shifting, Hamilton Council has opted to simply increase their office budgets instead of addressing the population inequity.
There are a couple of reasons for Council’s inaction.
Some of the rural Councilors are still bowing to the few dissenting voices who feel that amalgamation has created an ‘ us versus them’ scenario between the suburbs and the old city.
The other reason is a little more self-serving.
Veteran Councilors fear that re-jigging ward boundaries would carve out areas of support for those incumbents come election time.
One of the advantages of incumbency is that veteran Councilors know which neighbourhoods offer strong support , which makes campaigning a lot easier.
What they seem to forget is that electoral reform isn’t supposed to be about making it easy for Councilors to get re-elected.
Dundas will always be Dundas and Stoney Creek will always be Stoney Creek, and on and on … ; let’s ignore the fear-mongering and do the right thing for Hamilton taxpayers in all of our communities.