Niagara Regional Chair onside with Province’s municipal governance legislation

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Published November 16, 2022 at 3:17 pm

Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley is onside with the legislation introduced today at Queen's Park that will allow the Province extended powers on the municipal level.

Niagara Regional Chair Jim Bradley is onside with the legislation introduced today (November 16) at Queen’s Park that will allow the Province extended powers on the municipal level.

“The Regional Municipality of Niagara, like all other municipalities across Ontario, are creatures of the province,” said Bradley.

“As such, I fully respect the province’s authority over local governments and their ability to make decisions they feel are in the best interest of the people of Ontario.”

While he was virtually a lock to be voted back in as regional chair at the November 24 council meeting, Bradley found himself in the position where Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark simply reappointed him today, as well as Nando Iannicca in Peel, and Wayne Emerson in York.

To that, Bradley, a former Liberal MPP from 1977 to 2018, simply added, “I can affirm my steadfast commitment to the people of Niagara and my readiness to continue serving as Regional Chair. I also want to share my enthusiasm for working with the next term of Council and getting back to work in early December.”

Bradley was also positive towards the conditions of the new legislation that deal with creating houses more quickly.

“It goes without saying that there is a significant housing crisis across Ontario,” he noted.

“I applaud the province for considering all options at their disposal to address this crisis, including exploration of expansion of so-called ‘strong mayor’ powers. As Regional Chair, I look forward to working with the announced Provincial facilitators to find ways to better support our growing population while addressing the housing crisis.”

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