2018 Ontario Municipal Election Candidates Survey Report - Niagara Region

October 22nd, 2018 - Ontario Municipal Election Candidates Survey Report

Presented to you by the Niagara Association of REALTORS® with the support of The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Recognizing the importance of the October 22nd, 2018 Municipal Election, the Niagara Association of REALTORS®, with the support of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, conducted a survey of all candidates running for office in the Niagara Region.

The responses of each candidate who participated in the survey have been collected and organized in this report to help our members and the general public better understand where the candidates stand on hard pressing topics they will be faced with if elected.

The survey covered all twelve municipalities of the Niagara Region including: Fort Erie, Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Falls, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Wainfleet, Welland and West Lincoln. The results of the responding candidates have been organized by municipality and broken down further by offices and wards. The surveys were distributed via email to all candidates in the region with 75 responses received. A list of all candidates per municipality is also provided in the report.

The questions asked of each candidate were:
1. Affordability of housing for first time buyers and availability of housing alternatives for seniors is a problem throughout Niagara Region; What specific initiatives or incentives would you endorse to address this shortfall?
2. On behalf of commuters who use public transit, there is a need to link all of the communities of Niagara; The creation of Transit Hubs so that municipal services can interact with each other would be an option. What process would you support to forward this initiative?
3. The Provincial Government has discussed enabling regions to implement Regional Taxation—effectively creating another tax burden on home buyers, such as the second Land Transfer Tax in place in the GTA; if introduced in Niagara Region, what position would you take?
4. Every community in the Niagara Region is experiencing incremental growth which can result in conflict between Progressive and Established philosophies; how would you reconcile the two polar-opposite positions for the benefit of all?
5. Most candidates talk about working together, about replacing conflict with unity, and about making governance more transparent and effective, to foster an environment where things get done for the benefit of the constituents they serve; what role would you play in ensuring this happens?
6. The legalization of Cannabis has created legislative challenges at all levels of government; does current smoking by-law legislation suffice or do other initiatives need to be introduced and if so what do you recommend?

A seventh municipal-specific question was posed to some of the municipalities with the results published accordingly in the report.

We would like to thank all candidates for offering to serve the people of Niagara by running for elected office. We offer our profound thanks to all of those candidates that gave freely of their time in completing these surveys—the survey data provides insights into the people that running for local elected office. Please note that the responses are being presented in these results as provided by the candidates. The Niagara Association of REALTORS® and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce do not endorse nor recommend one candidate over another however do encourage all voters to participate on Monday, October 22nd, 2018 at your local polling station.