October 2014

"Why should I vote for you?" What did we learn?

Oct 24, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

This is the last day of “Why should I vote for you?”

When I brought this idea up to my boss Jeff Storey months ago, I said the Mayoral candidates don’t need any more exposure.

The candidates who need exposure are the brave man and women who put their name on a ballot, start with their own money, and try to instigate change at the neighbourhood level.

It seems for the last few elections the mayor has taken the hit.  The only thing that has remained constant (for the most part) is the city council.

That is where the problem is, most specifically in Wards 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, where none of the candidates even bothered to come on and talk to you.

Most outside or rural councillors are on an island by themselves.

Instead of learning about the issues during this series, we have learned there is a small group of councillors in the old city (and a couple of drinkers of the Kool-Aid on the mountain) that block vote.

They drive the city, and often into a ditch of mediocrity and complacency.

They are lifers, who do the best for their corner of the world that guarantees themselves many years in the chair. 

Some have done nothing else.

On Monday the city’s future is in your hands, if you want it.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!

The last, “Why should I vote for you?” Wards 14 & 15.

http://www.900chml.com/2014/10/24/why-should-i-vote-for-you-what-did-we-learn/

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Like it or not Canada, we're now 'all in'...

Oct 22, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Yesterday was the ‘end of the innocence’ for our generation of Canadians.

This after a terror attack on our Parliament Buildings in Ottawa that saw Hamiltonian Corporal Nathan Cirillo, reservist and member of the Argylls of Canada (91st Canadian Highlanders regiment), gunned down in cold blood at the War Memorial.

Some may say the innocence was lost two days earlier when two soldiers were mowed over by a lunatic in a car outside a military centre in Quebec. One soldier dying from his injuries.

Post 9/11 we all wondered, where, when, what is next?

As Canadians we wondered, when us?

Well like it or not Canada, we’re now all in. 

Not because we sent fighter jets to join the coalition forces, but because we have an enemy who hates everyone who is not like them.

It’s ISIS against the world.  And as part of that world we can do two things.

Fight or flee.

I don’t think there are too many Canadians willing to give up what they’ve got due to some uncivilized barbarians.

The loss of innocence has turned to bravery.  And like with our ancestors before us, goodness will survive.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Thursday on The Scott Thompson Show!

“Why should I vote for you?” Ward 13

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 11.

Oct 21, 2014 9:42 PM
Scott Thompson

We are on a 2 show winning streak in our ongoing series, “Why should I vote for you?” and have a 3rd confirmed.

The show designed to introduce you to your city councillor and their challengers, has had an incumbent councillor show up two days in a row.

This after none, zero, zippo, of the Hamilton incumbent city councillors from the old city showed up on The Scott Thompson Show to talk to you their constituents. (That’s Wards 2, 4,5,6,7, and 8)

Why it is the suburban or rural city councillors show up and the old inner city councillor’s run away scared making up any reason not to show, if they even return our calls?

With no sign of a city councillor until we got to Ward 10, it makes you wonder what kind of puppet show we have going on in the chambers and who’s the head Pinocchio.

With the first two incumbents brave enough to show being women, it certainly does confirm we have an old boys club down there (albeit neutered).

Clearly the web councillors in Wards 8 and under have spun does not extend to or influence the common sense of those outside the old city.

But they do influence enough to sway any vote in their favour, until now.

With the vacancy of courageous councillors like Brian McHattie, Brad Clark (who are running for mayor) and the passing of Bernie Morelli hopefully the new blood from attrition isn’t poisoned by this controlling mediocrity.

But only you can change things…

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

“Why should I vote for you?” Ward 12.

http://www.900chml.com/2014/10/22/why-should-i-vote-for-you-ward-11/

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 10.

Oct 21, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

We had to go through 10 out of 15 Wards in the city before we found 1 incumbent councillor who was brave enough to come on The Scott Thompson Show and answer your questions on “Why should I vote for you?”

The ongoing series was designed to introduce you to your councillor and their challengers in your ward.

Oddly enough while the inner city councillors are refusing to come on and talk to voters, it took Maria Pearson, a councillor from Stoney Creek to make it happen.

It seems only the councillors from outside the old city are prepared to discuss the issues, while the inner city councillors run and hide hoping you vote for them by name recognition alone.

It also proves the councillors from outside the old city base their decisions on their constituents not on what the old boys club tells them in the lower city.

Although the poison in Wards 2, 4, and 5 has spread to the mountain including Wards 6, 7, and 8, they have not succeeded in bullying the rural wards.

Unfortunately they control the numbers to force the real change that is needed in these lower puppet wards.

Unless you vote them out.

I would suggest a total house cleaning of the old boys club puppet show in Wards 1-8.  Two will change due to attrition anyway.

That’s the only way we’ll see real change in Hamilton, as those few, are running the circus.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

“Why should I vote for you?” Ward 11.

http://www.900chml.com/2014/10/20/why-should-we-vote-for-you-ward-10/

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 9.

Oct 20, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

"Why should I vote for you?" the series that was designed so you could get to know your city councillor and their challengers, had a feisty group in on Friday.

Ward 9 has an impressive crop of candidates vying for the seat left vacant by Brad Clark. 

One of the few councillors who has the courage to give up their position to take a run at the mayor’s chair, instead of always hiding behind it.

And another example of how strong a field of candidates you get when there is no incumbent.

When there is an incumbent, the field is usually much weaker. 

Simply because challengers know it’s almost impossible to defeat an incumbent because everyone already knows their name.

Therefore don’t bother running.

All the more reason for term limits, unfortunately there is as much of a chance of that happening, as there is a non-incumbent winning.

Unless you show the courage at the ballot box.

Ward 10 on Monday.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Monday on The Scott Thompson Show!

“Why should I vote for you?” Ward 10.

http://www.900chml.com/2014/10/20/why-should-i-vote-for-you-ward-9/

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 8.

Oct 17, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

“Why should I vote for you?”  the series that was designed to connect you the voter with your councillor and those who are challenging them, has become the story it was intending to bring forward.

Instead of your incumbent councillors, in Wards 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and now Terry Whitehead in Ward 8 talking to you the voter, the bigger story has been the entitlement at city council thinking they don’t have to come on the public air waves and talk to you.

In the last 48 hours the emails and phone messages from disgruntled voters who have had enough is more than I can answer.

It came to a head last night at the social event of the season, Good Shepherd’s Harvest Dinner at Carmen’s, I was MCing.

Many I had never met were shaking my hand and begging me to keep holding their feet to the fire.

In the crowd of who’s who was one prominent source who, when asked why Councillor Terry Whitehead would confirm and then bail yesterday morning of at the last minute, they said, ‘the other councillors got to him’. Meaning those in the lower wards who had already declined.

Further proof there is way too much block voting that favours a few and denies so many.

They feel they don’t have to answer to anyone.

Ward 9 Friday with a full slate of candidates.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Friday on the Scott Thompson Show!

“Why should I vote for you?” Ward 9.

http://www.900chml.com/2014/10/17/why-should-i-vote-for-you-ward-8/  

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 7.

Oct 16, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

“Why should I vote for you?” is our ongoing series to help you better understand who your councillor is and who is running against them.

Yesterday’s Ward 7 edition had to be cancelled due to lack of participation.

Ward 7 incumbent councillor Scott Duvall said he cancelled because the other two challengers cancelled.

I’m not sure what difference that makes as this has never been billed as a debate, it’s called, “Why should I vote for you?”

It was designed to for incumbent (and challengers) to answer the question.

If a challenger does not want to appear that just gives you more time to talk to the voters. No?

So Scott Duvall joins the distinguished list of candidates who are afraid to come on the Scott Thompson Show and talk to you the Hamiltonian.

That list includes Ward 2’s Jason Farr, Ward 4’s Sam Merulla, Ward 5’s Chad Collins, and Ward 6’s Tom Jackson.

Five entitled incumbent councillors who feel they don’t need to talk to you.

Five entitled incumbent councillors who feel they’ll get your vote either way, because they are the incumbent.

…And they’re probably right, (again).

Ward 8 Thursday.

I’m Scott Thompson.

 

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 6.

Oct 15, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

“Why should I vote for you?” the local radio series aimed at introducing you to your local council candidates has taken on a life of its own. 

With wagers and pools on the side, many are offering their reasons for the incumbents refusing to appear on The Scott Thompson Show, and who is brave enough.

Wards 6’s Tom Jackson was the latest AWOL to turn down our offer to talk with the people.

One prominent Hamiltonian said it was because of the “Non Incumbent Campaign” I ranted several years ago, encouraging voters to cast a ballot for anyone but the incumbent.

Another said they “have nothing to gain” knowing most just vote for the incumbent due to name recognition. Which is why I’m offering this platform to help you.

However that does not explain why all the Mayoral candidates have been on the show, including two braving enough to give up their council seats for the chance.

Unlike some cowardly councillors who hide behind the mayor of the day, forever criticizing, but rarely having a vision of their own beyond their little ‘hood.

Just ask Fred Eisenberger what it like to have to take a hit for the stupidity of some on Hamilton’s city council.

The debate is growing stronger for term limits.  When an incumbent feels so entitled they won’t appear on local media, the argument gets louder.

Ward 7 Wednesday.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Wednesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

With election less than 2 weeks away, do you know any more about BRT/LRT?

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 5.

Oct 14, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Last week we started a feature called, “Why should I vote for you?”

It was designed to give you a better understanding of who your councillor is, what they are all about, and meet some of the challengers who think they can do a better job.

And pose the question to them.

Last week we featured Wards 1 – 5.

Out of all lower city wards only Jason Farr confirmed and he cancelled at the last second as the challengers were making their way into the studio.

Councillors Sam Merulla and Chad Collins were also AWOL.

I’m certainly not going to pass judgement on why these incumbent councillors from the lower city don’t want to come on air and talk to you, the voter.

I’ll leave that up to you.

Shouldn’t all political leaders, especially municipal, be using all available opportunities to communicate with their constitutes?

Maybe they figuire the incumbent always gets in by name recognition, mobilising their hard core followers, and they don’t care about you.

As we climb the mountain, it’s a new week.

Ward 6 on Monday.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Tuesday on The Scott Thompson Show!

Why is the Catholic Church changing its views on homosexuality?

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/14/what-will-catholics-tell-their-children-bishops-signal-seismic-shift-on-family-issues/

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"Why should I vote for you?" Ward 4.

Oct 10, 2014 5:00 AM
Scott Thompson

Ward 4 was our guest for yesterday’s edition of “Why should I vote for you?”

As you know the feature is a chance for you to get to know your councillor and meet some challengers and what is the concern of every ward.

Every afternoon at 2pm we then pose the question to them.

So far, only the challengers have been brave enough to make an appearance, the incumbents don’t seem like they want to talk to you.

Out of the first four wards we’ve done two are wide open, two have incumbents, the incumbents have yet to appear.

Why would they?

They assume you’ll vote for them either way because they’re already there.

Lorna Moreau was the only candidate to represent Ward 4, you’ll have to listen to our Audio Vault on the website or Facebook page to hear her version of why no one else was there.

Lorna has been in the neighbourhood many years. 

Even longer than the incumbent has had his warm seat.

Her experience has seen it all.

Now she is speaking out.

Ward 5 Friday.

I’m Scott Thompson.

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Friday on The Scott Thompson Show!

“Why should we vote for you?” Ward 5.

http://www.900chml.com/2014/10/10/why-should-i-vote-for-you-ward-4/

http://player.900vchml.com  905-645-3221 scottthompson@900chml.com

 

 

 

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