Each City Councillor must remember that he/she is elected
to represent a single ward.
If I am elected to serve Ward 6 - Hanmer & Val Therese, I clearly
understand that I am to be the voice of my constituents at City Council.
The Ward System is structured so that twelve Councillors are selected to
speak on behalf of the constituents of their respective Wards.
The only person on City Council who can say that he represents all of
the people in the city is the Mayor, who is elected at large.
Therefore, the major philosophical principle that must be adopted by
all councillors is that when we gather together to make decisions on how
to run the City of Greater Sudbury, we must first of all take into
consideration the desires and wishes of our constituents, and then under
the guidance and direction of the Mayor, we develop policy which will best
adhere to the desires of the people we represent.
Since the Mayor is elected by people in all twelve Wards, he/she is the
one who must try to mix the unique needs of all twelve Wards into policy
that respects those individual differences.
It is a mistake for Councillors to be elected by one Ward, and then sit
at Council and justify their decisions from the point of view of
representing the entire City.
In my case as Councillor for Ward 6 - Hanmer & Val Therese, I will
not be at liberty to support any policy decision that will go against the
specific wishes of my constituents. I represent the "collective
will" of Ward 6. I do not represent the "personal will" of
In fact, if I am elected to serve as Councillor for Ward
6 - Hanmer & Val Therese, 'Robert Kirwan' virtually disappears. I will
not be sitting at the Council Table as Robert Kirwan, but rather as the
Councillor From Ward 6. I made this very clear to the general public in an
article that I put in The Vision Paper on April 12, 2006, and I intend to
keep that promise.