Anyone with common sense already knows everything I am about to write in this blog. However, I want to make it clear to many of our current Regional Councillors who have somehow forgotten: they serve the residents of Niagara and not themselves.
Employees of the Niagara Region are individuals who have been hired to perform services for the residents. They work for the taxpayers. In so doing, the Regional Council of Niagara (who are also being paid to work for the residents) should hire the brightest and the best individuals to do the jobs required. The Region should hire employees based on their merit. The employees should be non-partisan and professional. They should not be hired based on their friendship or connections to regional councilors or being members of the right political party. To get the best for Niagara we need to hire the best.
I write this at a time when our current regional council has spent several meetings talking about whether it was fair and honest how they went about hiring the individual who is the top civil servant in the entire region and who is responsible for all the thousands of employees beneath him. Let’s take a step back and ask is he qualified? Did he deserve this job on merit? Should he be managing an organization with a billion dollar budget?
I am of the opinion that he is not qualified for the job he holds. I leave it to the evidence in front of everyone to decide whether the process in hiring him was fair and honest.
Many of our current Regional Councillors have done little to ensure that merit, non-partisanship and professionalism are the key criteria used in hiring the top employee and all employees at the Niagara Region. This duty to hire the best for our residents has not been fulfilled by the current Regional Council.
When an organization does not hire the most capable people for their jobs and hires without a fair and honest process, the good candidates stop applying for jobs at the organization. A vicious circle is created and mediocre becomes the standard at the organization.
If I am elected as a Regional Councillor I will ensure that the mandate is and will always be that all employees are hired based on non-partisanship, merit and professionalism. We want the best people for the job so that our residents get the best services for their tax dollars. People will want to apply for jobs at the Niagara Region, as they know Niagara is the best place to live and the Region is a great and fair place to work.
This seems obvious but over the last number of years it has not been to the current Regional Council.
Niagara deserves better!
Vote for me. Let’s bring positive change to the Region. Let’s put the Niagara residents first!
As a refresher, here is a link to the latest article by the St. Catharines Standard which outlines the alleged tainted hiring practices at the Niagara Region.