Candidate Endorsement Process

Municipal and Regional Councils

In late June, 2010, the Waterloo Regional Labour Council sent a questionnaire to all declared candidates for Municipal and Regional councils.  Candidates were asked to submit their questionnaires by September 1.   A reminder was sent in late August.  We were unable to consider any questionnaires submitted after September 1, which meant that candidates who declared their candidacy after that date or who submitted their questionnaires late were not considered.A committee of the Labour Council met on September 1 to review all the questonnaires we received and make a recommendation to our membership.  Members of the Council endorsed 23 candidates at our membership meeting on September 14.  We did not endorse candidates in every Ward.

Some Wards presented us with very difficult decisions, as more than one candidate had progressive credentials.  However we decided not to endorse more than one candidate per Ward.  We also felt no obligation to make an endorsement if we did not receive a questionnaire that we felt supported the values of the Better Choices campaign.

School Board Trustees

Together in Education (TIE – Waterloo affiliates of ETFO, OECTA, & OSSTF) asked all Candidates Truestees at both Waterloo Region School Boards to provide written answers to eight questions.  Their responses can be found at www.oectawaterloo.on.ca/election2010.After reviewing their backgrounds, interviews and written answers to eight questions, TIE endorsed candidates who are strong advocates of public education, have a grasp of current challenges, and appear to be strongly supportive of the teachers and support staffs who work in the Region’s schools.