McHattie gets labour endorsement

 By Andrew Dreschel

The Hamilton and District Labour Council is endorsing Brian McHattie for mayor.

McHattie was chosen based on a questionnaire of “priority issues” and a membership vote at a special Labour Council meeting last Wednesday, Aug. 13.

Geoff Roman, acting Labour Council president, said McHattie was deemed the strongest candidate because of his responses to a range of topics, including infrastructure, fair wages and working conditions, and city procurement of good and services.

In the 2010, the Labour Council endorsed Fred Eisenberger, who is also running for mayor in this year’s Oct. 27 election.

“It wasn’t easy for Fred to get the endorsement last time, honestly, and this time it was easier not to endorse him,” Roman said

The Labour council also endorsed a number of council candidates, including new faces Sandy Shaw for Ward 1, Matthew Green for Ward 3, and Geraldine McMullen for Ward 9.

Incumbents Jason Farr (Ward 2), Sam Merulla (Ward 4), Tom Jackson (Ward 6), Scott Duvall (Ward 7), Terry Whitehead (Ward 8), and Robert Pasuta (Ward 14) also made the list.

There were no endorsements for Wards 5, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 15.

“When you see no endorsements in those wards, there were just no agreements,” said Roman.

Roman says the Labour Council will now communicate its choices to its 40,000 affiliated public and private sector union members, hoping it will help them make a voting decision.

The organization has also endorsed a number of public school board candidates based on separate criteria.

See the full story in Dreschel’s Wednesday column.


One Response to “McHattie gets labour endorsement”
  1. Bonjour and hello to all city of Hamilton members, citizens, residences and visitors. My name is Ricky Tavares and I will be your mayor of Hamilton Ontario Canada in the near future. I was born here in city of Hamilton at St.Josephs hospital. I am here to announce now and to make this statement very public now that I will be the first mayor in Canada willing and proud to work for a minimum wage salary. I love Hamilton and I must protect our city. My colleagues, financial advisors and I have a 5 year plan to implement and generate 1 trillion dollars into the Hamilton city hall building within the next 5 years. I am sorry to announce now that I will only be your mayor for 1 term because this city is too small for me to lead and guide into a productive population. I will be moving to Ottawa to be your Prime Minister of Canada after 1 term here in the city of Hamilton as your mayor. Thank you for voting me Ricky Tavares as mayor of Hamilton on Oct 27.

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    Ricky Tavares

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