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Anyone here with news from on the ground in Hamilton? I've been following the election in my former hometown from abroad, through the [url=http://www.thespec.com/news/elections]Hamilton Spectator election website[/url].


I see that Larry DiIanni has put a poll out now suggesting he's ahead.


Hamilton Spectator: [url=http://www.thespec.com/news/elections/article/266686--di-ianni-poll-puts... Ianni poll puts him in front in mayoral race[/url]

A leaked poll from Larry Di Ianni's campaign suggests he is set to retake the mayor's job he lost to incumbent Fred Eisenberger in 2006.

The poll indicates Di Ianni has 27 per cent of voters' support, compared with 21 per cent for Ward 2 Councillor Bob Bratina and 14 per cent for Eisenberger. The other 12 candidates have a combined total of 6 per cent.

It also notes, however, that almost a third of voters - 32 per cent - remain undecided.

The poll was sent to The Spectator and other local media by a Di Ianni supporter, who received it from the campaign as an update Monday afternoon.

With less than two weeks to go before voting day on Oct. 25, Di Ianni's campaign manager Ken Audziss confirmed the poll was authentic and said there was no political trick behind it being sent to the media.

"The poll wasn't meant to be distributed," he said. "If I knew who released it, I would not be very happy with that person."


Yeah right, I am sure the DiIanni campaign really wanted to keep that poll a secret.


Anyone else have info on what's really going on?

Geoff OB

It looks like Fred Eisenberger is going to take the fall for the stadium debacle, even though it's not really his fault.  Hopefully, an 'anybody but DiIanni' movement gets rolling, which will mean supporting Bob Bratina, if that poll is accurate. 

For all the complaining one hears about how useless council is, I doubt that many, if any, incumbent councillors get tossed, which is not good news for the left.

Where do you live Robbie?  Because if DiIanni wins, I might move there, too.


Southern California. Our local government ain't that great, either, see e.g. [url=http://publicceo.com/index.php/local-governments/151-local-governments-p... Bell, California pay scandal[/url]. 


But at least the weather's warmer.

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My sense is some  New Democrats and other progressives are backing incumbent Mayor Fred, who may be a Tory but is not DiIanni,a former mayor and a Liberal convicted on election expense reporting. Bob Bratina, councilor for Ward two might be considered a progressive and was once considered close  to the NDP but when he talked about possibly in the next federal election running against Dave Christoperhosn, NDP MP for Hamilton Centre, he lost my vote. sorry Geoff Wink hi RobbieCool

Most of the incumbents on council should get re-elected inlcuding the right wing and the few we  might consider NDP or progressive, notably Brian McHattie in Ward 1 and  Sam Merulla in ward 4, a former Liberal who has joined the NDP and has solid credentials with the NDP labour and poor.   There is some talk  Scott Duvall, New Democrat and former president of the Lake Erie steelworkers locla , may be in trouble and I am sure he is working hard to get re-elected, I have done some work to portray Ken Chartrand  as the best bet to knock off Dave Mitchell but others are backing Brenda Johnson.

We have a good chunk of seats on the English public school board and hopefully most of them get re-elected.

on balance we should be able to hold our own, no great victories, no great defeats.

Geoff OB

Hey, no problem, Peter.  I'm moving to Southern California, anyway.  As for Fred, he appears to be running third, so I'll stick to my plan.  After all, Bob does play a mean clarinet, and if he does run against Dave, I'll send Dave a decent campaign contribution as penance.  (Dave, I hope you're not reading this.)

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Let's keep the discussion going, starting with the polling/power analysis of the Hamilton Spectator as part of its excellent  Code Red series documenting how  the high rates of poverty in Hamilton is bad  for your health.:

Code Red: Of polls and poverty
Hamilton’s poorest neighbourhoods also have the city’s worst voter turnout, making it difficult for those living there to have their voices heard.

"A Spectator investigation shows there’s a strong correlation between high rates of poverty and low voter turnout rates across Hamilton’s neighbourhoods.

The three Hamilton wards with the highest rates of people living in poverty—Wards 2, 3 and 4 -- are the same three wards that had the lowest rates of voter turnout for the 2006 municipal election.

For Hamilton’s poorest residents, it’s a discouraging double whammy.

Not only do they lack economic power within the city, their reluctance to cast votes costs them political power, as well."

and add  the Hamiton Specator/Ekos poll that shows: "Hamilton west and the upper city have the largest percentage of undecided voters, setting up those areas as key battlegrounds for election day, Nanos said."


we get an argument the Chamber of Commerce and the Bourgeois of the upper mountain, Ancaster and Winona, will  make the candidate who best represents their interests,  Larry DiIanni,  the winner,  unless the poor and the proletariat get together to stop that. Geoff, want to talk to your people and I talk to mine and see if we can cut another deal?Cool


Code Red
Code Red

A 21-year difference in life expectancy separates some of our neighbourhoods. 

A neighbourhood where nearly half of all babies are born underweight. That's three times greater than some Third World countries. A neighbourhood where 662 of every 1,000 adults have a university degree. Another neighbourhood where only seven of every 1,000 adults have a university degree.

Code Red is about your health and your neighbourhood.


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Voters target city poverty, not stadium

Hamilton voters say they're more concerned about poverty than building a new stadium.
PRIORITY Hamilton voters say they're more concerned about poverty than building a new stadium.
Spectator file photo

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Poll won’t change strategy: Frontrunners

Sticking to plans with one week to go before election.

City voters are overwhelmingly against spending more on the Pan Am stadium, but they’re prepared to shell out more of their tax dollars to combat poverty.

A Spectator/Nanos poll has found that 62.6 per cent of the 1,000 voters polled are opposed to spending more city tax dollars on the new stadium for the Pan Am Games and the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Conversely, 80.4 per cent support the city spending more tax dollars to reduce poverty




Who is the most most progressive (or least regressive) of the three frontrunners?

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Most would probably rate Bratina as the most "progressive" DiIanni second, Eisenberg third of the three frontrunners. Mike Baldassaro, the fourth place candidate strongly, stupports hemp and other alternative solutions ot the cities woes and is probably the most progressive of the lot.

From Wikipedia:


Baldasaro is a member of the Church of the Universe, where he is commonly known as Brother Michael. The Church has been in existence since 1969, when it was founded by Walter Tucker, who remains active in its operations.[1] Its members use marijuana as a sacrament and previously operated a nudist camp in Puslinch, Ontario, named Clearwater Abbey.[2] In 2004, after selling small amounts of marijuana on multiple occasions to an undercover police officer at their Barton Street, Hamilton residence, Baldasaro and Tucker were arrested and charged with trafficking. In 2007, they pleaded not guilty to the charges but after a lengthy trial, a jury found them both guilty.[3]. At their sentencing hearing in April 2008, Baldasaro, who had 12 previous trafficking convictions, was sentenced to a two year penitentiary term while Tucker was sentenced to a one year reformatory term. The Crown also applied to the court to have the property from which they distributed marijuana and their Church forfeited to the federal government as an offence-related property, and the Crown's application was granted.[4][5]

[edit] Political Activities

Baldasaro, a perennial candidate, saw his support peak in 1988, when he was the sole opponent of incumbent mayor Bob Morrow. He received over 7,500 votes, which was approximately 10% of the vote.[6]

Baldasaro stood in the 2004 Ward 2 by-election, following the resignation of Andrea Horwath, and placed seventh out of eleven candidates with 52 votes.[7] In 2006, Baldasaro again ran for mayor of Hamilton and received 4,520 votes or 3.61% of the total vote.

Baldasaro has run for Parliament three times. In 1984, Baldasaro received 300 votes as a Libertarian candidate in the federal riding of Hamilton West.[8] In 2000, Baldasaro won 573 votes as a Marijuana Party of Canada candidate in Hamilton East.[9] In 2004, Baldasaro received 345 votes as an independent candidate in Hamilton Centre.[10] In 2006, Baldasaro again ran for mayor of Hamilton and received 4,520 votes or 3.61% of the total vote.

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There are also diversity issues ,partisan and personal and endorsement issues.


A photo provided by Ward 5 candidate Jaswinder Bedi shows the mayor smiling and standing between Bedi and Hamilton District Labour Council president Mary Long as Long cuts a ceremonial ribbon opening Bedi’s office.

There’s even the statement in an accompanying release where Bedi’s campaign says the mayor noted the similarities between his and the candidate’s platform and said Bedi “is the best candidate to represent people and wants to see him sitting in the next council.”

The Ward 5 seat is currently held by Eisenberger’s former ward-mate Chad Collins. (They were the two Ward 5 councillors from 1995 to 2000.)

Eisenberger says his presence at Bedi’s event was “absolutely not” an endorsement. The words in the release, the mayor says, are “a little distortion.”

Eisenberger says he attended Bedi’s campaign opening because he wants to promote the idea of people from Hamilton’s diverse communities running for political office. Bedi, who came to Canada from India six years ago, is a financial consultant and a part-time cab driver and making his first foray into Hamilton politics.





peterjcassidy wrote:

Most would probably rate Bratina as the most "progressive" DiIanni second, Eisenberg third of the three frontrunners.

Well, Eisenberger's Tory, DiIanni's Liberal.  Though I could also see Eisenberger being more "attractive" akin to John Tory vs George Smitherman...


[url=http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/10/25/gta-elections-mayors-d... for Hamilton:[/url]


In Hamilton, one-term mayor Fred Eisenberger, who won office in 2006 by the narrowest margin in city history (452 votes), was turfed in favour of downtown councillor Bob Bratina. In a three-way race that included former mayor Larry Di Ianni, Bratina triumphed with a campaign focused on poverty, seniors and the city's waterfront. Bratina had 37 per cent to Di Ianni's 29 per cent and Eisenberger's 27 per cent, with 206 of 207 polls reported.


A bit of thus far under-reported yet portentous trivia:  Burlington mayor-elect Rick Goldring must be the highest-ranking elected Green official in Canada (even if he's absolutely on the Red Tory side of the Greens)


Heartfelt congratulations to Alex Johnstone, an NDPer through and through (ONDY to boot), who is now public school trustee for Wards 11 and 12. She won her race easily. She's full of passion, and will do her constituents proud.

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adma wrote:
A bit of thus far under-reported yet portentous trivia:  Burlington mayor-elect Rick Goldring must be the highest-ranking elected Green official in Canada (even if he's absolutely on the Red Tory side of the Greens)

Relation to Peter Goldring?


adma wrote:

A bit of thus far under-reported yet portentous trivia:  Burlington mayor-elect Rick Goldring must be the highest-ranking elected Green official in Canada (even if he's absolutely on the Red Tory side of the Greens)


Go figure. Staid, conservative Burlington has elected an NDP mayor (Walter Mulkewich, 1992-1997) and now a Green.


I'm kind of wondering if Bob Bratina's the perfect mayor to welcome arts/hipster/latte refugees from Rob Ford's Toronto...


Thank you Edmund! New Democrat Todd White also won! 


Bob Bratina has started off on the right foot, showing up to demonstrate solidarity with the locked-out workers at Stelco (or US Steel as it now is.) He is the son and grandson of steelworkers and questioned both the morality and legality of Stelco's actions.

Stay tuned, folks. This could become another Hamilton labour epic.