Controversial Hamilton mayoral candidate cries foul over debate snub

Published September 21, 2022 at 5:32 pm

A mayoral candidate in Hamilton intends to file a discrimination case after he was excluded from an upcoming televised debate.

Paul Fromm says he will complain to the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) for not being allowed in the debate that has been scheduled for Cable 14 Hamilton.

“Excluding nominated candidates from the mayoralty debate is discriminatory and wrong,” said Fromm in a released statement.

He said he was told that only a select number of people would take part in the debate.

“In 2018, there were 14 mayoral candidates and the debate went off well,” he continued. “This year, there are only nine.”

The station could not be reached for comment.

Fromm, 73, has gained notoriety for his public views on race.

An activist who doesn’t shy away from his views, Fromm is currently listed as the international director of the white supremacist organization Council of Conservative Citizens and is associated with other ultra-right groups such as the Canadian Association for Free Expression, Citizens for Foreign Aid Reform and the Canada First Immigration Reform Committee. He has been linked to members of the Ku Klux Klan and several right-wing politicians.

A former school teacher from Mississauga, Fromm has lived in Hamilton for the past several years but has been active in politics across the country. He has run unsuccessfully for various offices in Calgary, Toronto and Mississauga. He unsuccessfully ran for the position of Hamilton mayor in 2018 finishing seventh.

“Cable 14 is standing in the way of some candidates to be competitive,” said Fromm.

With current Mayor Fred Eisenberger choosing not to run for re-election, several people have stepped into the spotlight in an attempt to take his place, along with Fromm others include Keanin Loomis, Ejaz Butt, Bob Bratina, Andrea Horwath, Solomon Ikhuiwu, Paul Fromm, Hermiz Ishaya, Michael Pattison and Jim Davis.

 

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