A Better Niagara

We believe that together, we can create A Better Niagara. Our current Regional Council, and the Council-controlled Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, have been mired in conflict and controversy. We believe the time has come for citizens to demand integrity, transparency and accountability from our elected representatives.

A Better Niagara is focused on two areas leading up to the October 2018 municipal election:

1). Informing and engaging citizens so they will feel confident about their choices when they enter the voting booth.
This involves drawing attention to the many issues that have swirled around local governments and giving citizens a forum to share their opinions and ideas. As well, A Better Niagara will introduce Niagara's residents to new candidates, with fresh ideas, and to some incumbent candidates of proven ability and trustworthiness, who deserve to be re-elected.

2). Finding and supporting good Local and Regional candidates.
This involves searching out new candidates in every corner of Niagara and putting them through our candidate endorsement process which involves a resume review, personal interview with two members of A Better Niagara, and the signing of a Transparency, Accountability and Integrity Pledge. A Better Niagara is non-partisan. Candidates are selected solely on the basis of whether they are good people, with various skills, experience and abilities, who are dedicated to serving their fellow citizens in an transparent and accountable way, acting at all times with integrity.

It can be difficult for citizens to get enough information about candidates in municipal elections to make an informed choice. By focusing on the core values of integrity, accountability and transparency, by meeting with new candidates personally, and by looking at the records of incumbent candidates, we hope that we can help our fellow citizens as they make important decisions about who will govern us for the next four years locally and regionally.

Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability

We believe that those elected to Municipal and Regional Council need to be held to high standards. We expect our politicians to treat citizens with respect and demonstrate that they understand and appreciate that citizens have a voice in Municipal and Regional matters. We expect our politicians to be honest with citizens and exhibit soundness of character. We expect our politicians to operate in an open manner, both in their decision-making and in carrying out their fiduciary responsibilities. We expect our politicians to be accountable for the decisions they make and to be able to justify those decisions to citizens in a clear, understandable way. 

Policy Pillars For A Better Niagara



Smarter Growth

The type of growth we choose MATTERS. A tsunami of population growth is coming, and instead of unsustainable urban sprawl, we need to follow Smart Growth principles, building vibrant, attractive, well serviced, transit-friendly urban centres while protecting our agricultural lands and environmental areas.... read more

icon-env.pngEnvironmental Responsibility and Protection

We've seen public outrage recently about actions threatening important wetlands in Niagara, which is located in what remains of Canada's species-rich Carolinian zone. We need reasonable development that doesn't pave over what little is left.... read more

icon-job.pngGood Jobs for Niagara Residents

Economic growth here must benefit Niagara residents. When local projects go out for tender, let's ensure local companies have a real opportunity to secure the work. This would mean local skilled trades have good jobs to sustain a living in Niagara.... read more


Better Public Transit

We want Niagara to join the regions across Canada that are moving quickly to give people reliable, accessible, public transportation.  We need a transportation policy that benefits all residents of the Niagara Region.... read more


Affordable Housing

Proper housing gives kids a better start in life and changes lives in general for the better. Residents who need affordable housing are waiting much too long in Niagara. We need Niagara governments to care more.... read more

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