Mayor infuriates some with LRT blog post

By Matthew Van Dongen Attention light-rail fans: Mayor Bob Bratina says he’s always been keen on LRT. Just not along the $800-million east-west route council is asking the province to fund.

BACKGROUND: Campaign Finances

Mayor Bob Bratina’s $15,000 presentation on amalgamation this month prompted grumbling about the propriety of using City of Hamilton funds for what some councillors considered straight-up electioneering. Bratina is viewed as a mayoralty candidate who hasn’t yet declared, and opponents objected to the use of his office budget to take care of an unfulfilled 2010 […]

Issues: Bratina talks de-amalgamation

Mayor Bob Bratina says he’s resurrecting a three-year-old election vow to review Hamilton’s contentious 2001 merger to “heal the rifts that divide us” — but he won’t rule out the prospect of deamalgamation.

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