Most of us probably think of Hamilton as the lunch-pail city of Ontario. Maybe we do but it doesn’t deserve a lunch-pail mayor such as former MPP Andrea Horwath. The city deserves better.
It is probably because I have always admired Hamilton. You can hardly drive over the Burlington Skyway and not be impressed by the vast and busy Hilton Works of Stelco. This is a company that helped build Canada throughout the 20th Century.
Hamilton is a complex city. It is the east end with its homes of workers and of management for the steel plants, the downtown with that rusty steel building as a centrepiece and the mountain homes with shopping plazas as an afterthought. It hardly needs someone as inarticulate as Horwath as its chief salesperson.
We have really seen enough of Ms. Horwath at Queen’s Park.
She was elected to Queen’s Park in 2004 and became leader of the new democrats in 2009. She sat in place for the Wynne liberal years and blew her chance for power against the braggart Ford in 2018. The liberals self immolated that year and Horwath found she was leader of the opposition. It was another opportunity lost.
It was during the pandemic that I was trying to help someone in her town with a problem at a Hamilton hospital. She answered my e-mail about it by saying have the person call her Hamilton office. The person got nothing but busy signals. I tried to call and also got busy signals. It looks busy when you take the phones off the hook.
It looks like Ms. Horwath is following former federal candidate for conservative leader Patrick Brown’s lead. If it looks like you are at a dead end, you can always go back to your municipal roots.
The only problem with that is that Hamilton hardly needs a retiree from Queen’s Park for mayor.
Hamilton needs a mayor like John Tory in Toronto. He is always there. He is out where the people are. He is pro-active. Hamilton needs a champion. Ms. Horwath is no champion.
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