Elect city coun­cil­lors at large

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Mayor han­kers for veto power (May 8)

I agree that the “ter­ri­to­rial” squab­bles at city hall are non-pro­duc­tive, time con­sum­ing, and at times, em­bar­rass­ing. I think a far bet­ter so­lu­tion than giv­ing the mayor veto power, would be to elect “coun­cil­lors at large”. All cit­i­zens vote for (for ex­am­ple) five coun­cil­lors of their choice. The top 15 are con­sid­ered elected (no mat­ter where they live). They are then given re­spon­si­bil­ity for cer­tain is­sues — city main­te­nance, hous­ing is­sues, etc., so that there is con­sis­tency in deal­ing with is­sues, and one per­son (or more, if it is a large port­fo­lio) has a grasp on the is­sue. Wendy Boles, Ancaster

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