Candidates team up on Caledonia issue
by Monte Sonnenberg
Three candidates in Haldimand have teamed up to bring block voting to the county.
Merlyn Kinrade of Caledonia, Gary McHale of Caledonia, and Doug Fleming of York are running for councillor positions in wards 2 (Cayuga), 3 (Caledonia) and 4 (Hagersville) respectively.
The three are campaigning on a common platform and are advertising themselves as a package deal. If elected, the trio will control half the councillor votes around the council table.
McHale is well known as an outspoken critic of the McGuinty government’s handling of the native land claims dispute in Caledonia. The occupation of the former Douglas Creek Estates subdivision began nearly five years ago and remains a sore spot with residents of Caledonia and surrounding area. The problems Haldimand has encountered since the occupation began are the focal point of the block’s campaign.
“In Toronto, it is not uncommon for candidates to co-operate in local elections,” McHale said recently. “It’s not uncommon for candidates to have common platforms.”
McHale added the strategy is effective because there is strength in numbers. It is difficult, he said, for a single politician to change an administration that has serious systemic problems.
“One councillor can’t do a lot,” he said. “One candidate can make a lot of noise, but you can’t really effect change. You’re not going to get change when you continue to elect the same people. The people know who we are and what we stand for.”
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- Simcoe Reformer, Oct 18/10: Candidates team up on Caledonia issue
NOTE: Merlyn, Doug and Gary have all been endorsed by Wind Concerns Ontario.