On two occasions, I have asked my MPP Ted McMeekin, Mayor of Hamilton Fred Eisenberger, and Ward 13 Councillor Arlene VanderBeek for their reply, input, and help, and did not receive any. I am a resident of Dundas and a voter in their respective constituencies. As I understand our political system, at least in theory, these three officials represent their consituencies in the City of Hamilton and in the Legislative Assembly in Ottawa. They are, therefore, accountable to their voters.
My letters and telephone inquiries addressed to Mr. McMeekin, Mr. Eisenberger, and Ms. VanderBeek were sent to them in mid-April and at the beginning of May. They dealt with protection of Dundas Valley wildlife and ecosystem, with development and construction in environmentally sensitive areas of Dundas Valley, with enforcement of building permit limits, and also with a provincial law requiring landlords not to switch from heating to air-conditioning in apartment buildings before May 15.
I was told by a staffer at Mr. McMeekin’s constituency office that “someone from the Ministry would call me.” Nobody has called. I then sent another inquiry requesting contact with my MPP to discuss the issues involved. Again, no answer for over a week.
Both, Fred Eisenberger and Arlene VanderBeek, confirmed and acknowledged receiving my inquiries but did not respond in any substantive manner, even after I repeated my request for their input and suggestions.
I find this situation unacceptable. To be honest, I am very disappointed. I think that the problem lies with the interpretation of the role of our officials. In order to move ahead and solve some of the outstanding issues involved here, we need to overcome the emerging tendency among our politicians and administrators to conduct their business by adopting corporate attitude and corporate management style, rather than adhering to democratic processes that would reflect their role as representatives of our communities. I sincerely hope that this will be corrected soon.