Milton mayor says new powers won’t change the way he gets things done

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Published June 16, 2023 at 3:39 pm

Milton Mayor Gord Krantz said he doesn’t plan to change the way he’s always done things despite being granted strong mayor powers by the province today.

Milton was on the list of 26 municipalities in Ontario whose mayors were granted extra powers to make decisions and generally assist in helping to deliver on Provincial government priorities.

Mainly, the Province wants help from mayors to make good on such initiatives as housing, transit and infrastructure.

“In my 14th term as Mayor, I have fully demonstrated the importance of the democratic system, and will continue to ensure that the decisions made in Milton are reflective of Milton’s priorities and those elected to represent our community,” said Krantz.

“We undertake significant public consultation on matters impacting our community, as well as rely on technical experts to inform our decision making.”

The new powers have largely gone to mayors who represent large and fast-growing municipalities that have committed to a housing pledge as part of the province’s work to build 1.5 million homes by 2031.

Krantz said Milton continues to be aligned with provincial priorities, specifically enabling the growth of a varied housing supply.

“While this system enables the ability to execute additional powers, I will not take that responsibility lightly or without significant consideration. I’ll continue to act in a manner that supports the values I have proven through my time as an elected official of collaboration, compromise and consensus-building.”

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