“Thank-you for your support over the years. I accept and respect the wisdom of the voter. I was honoured to have served so many years, we achieved a lot progress for Niagara, most significantly the Commitment for GO Rail to St.Catharines and Niagara Falls by 2023.
We established the 3 City Transit collaboration that will lead to a strong public transit network for Niagara.
We saved the Port Robinson Ferry on the Greater Niagara Circle Route through a partnership with the City of Thorold.
We saved the Niagara Gateway Tourism Kiosk through a partnership between the Region , TPN and West Niagara Tourism Association
The most important issue for the new council is the restructuring of the Region, either by Council or by the Provincial Government. Council should offer a made in Niagara solution before we get a Queens Park solution.
We can all continue building a better Niagara, I will continue to do my best as a citizen and taxpayer Building a Better Niagara for all of us.
We have filtered out any multiple responses from the same source and recognize the survey is not “scientific”. The result of 75% for chair at large is similar to the Durham Region referendum result of 2010.
The new council has an opportunity to make that change early in this term. The Double duty change may take more time and survey shows mixed results on that issue.
Thanks again for participating, I wish the new council success in Building a Better Niagara.
1. Do you want an election of the Regional Chair (with any Niagara resident eligible to run) by all the voters of Niagara?
YES: 575 (75%)
NO: 147 (19%)
DON'T KNOW: 49 (6%)
2. Do you support a single City of Niagara, as opposed to the current 12 individual municipalities?
YES: 316 (41%)
NO: 406 (53%) DON'T KNOW: 49 (6%)
3. Do you support City Councillors replacing the Regional Councillors at Regional Council?
YES: 381 (49%)
NO: 297 (39%) DON'T KNOW: 93 (12%)
4. Do you support Double Duty Councillors (i.e., serving as both City and Regional Councillors), elected by Ward, at Regional Council?
YES: 342 (44%)
NO: 375 (49%) DON'T KNOW: 54 (7%)
“After 40 years, it is time to improve the governance model of Niagara, to get rid of the structured separation into two tiers, to focus on the team of 12 communities with Regional/Local Councillors that understand the needs and challenges of local Councils along with those of our Region overall. This will be my Top Priority next term. Less Two Tier, More Team Niagara.”, said Timms.