Ever wondered how your city councilor voted on some of Brampton’s major issues over the past four years?
It is important to make an informed decision, especially when casting your vote and choosing someone to elect or re-elect.
Review the facts below, look at how tax dollars were spent and
distributed and see how each elected member in the city voted for each major project. These decisions directly impact each and every resident, one way or the other.
Please do the right thing!!
No one is “entitled” to your vote but they must earn it!!
Many Bramptonians have already voted in advanced polls, but lots of people are still gathering information about various candidates in the lead up to voting day on October 22.
If you’re interested in seeing how the incumbent in your area voted on some key issues, keep reading.
Let the turn out of voters be higher than 36.20% of the Election 2014 !
By Chetna Desai
By Justin Kang
When it comes to scandals at city hall, the last four years were leaps and bounds better than Brampton City Council prior to 2014, which saw its fair share of bad decisions. Nothing too crazy happened, but there were a few votes that raised eyebrows.
Among the most controversial decisions, this term was the Brampton Beast bailout and the purchase of River stone Golf course.
$1.5 Million to the Brampton Beast
Back in early 2016 city council voted 8 to 2 to give the Brampton Beast, a privately owned hockey team, public funds to stay afloat after they suffered $4 million in losses over the three years operating in Brampton.
Many residents weren’t happy about the bailout, expressing their discontent that taxpayer dollars were used to bail out a privately owned endeavour.
The $11.6 Million failing golf course
Among the most controversial decisions was the purchase of Riverstone Golf Club and for similar reasons to the Brampton Beast — it appeared to many that it was another bailout with taxpayer money for a private business.
Council voted 6 to 5 to pay $11.6 million to buy Riverstone Golf Course, which wasn’t making money. Council said it was to be turned into a seniors center.
Initially, council appeared resistant to the purchase but made a complete turnaround and approved spending $9 million on buying the land, and approved an additional $2.6 million towards retrofitting.
Voting no to $200 Million in transit funding
Perhaps the biggest controversy this past council was the Hurontario-Main LRT debate. In the fall of 2015 city council voted 6 to 5 to stop the Hurontario LRT project at Steeles Avenue, and not to bring it into downtown Brampton to connect to the GO station.
The project, which had an unprecedented full funding commitment from the province (usually municipalities have to pay at least one-third or major infrastructure projects) had been in Brampton’s transit planning since as far back as 2009. Had council voted yes, the decision would have brought an additional $200 million in transit funding to Brampton?
To top it off, the council then voted 5 to 3 to spend $4.4 million to study LRT routes that had previously been examined and rejected in the early stages of the Hurontario LRT project. Those routes are currently still being looked at, and while the Hurontario-Main LRT project had a full funding commitment from the province, these routes have no such commitment.