Niagara Chamber out with proposals to change the way Niagara government looks
The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce declaring it's time for decisive action on governance reform.
The Chamber out with a proposal set to go before a businesses planning session at regional council Thursday night.
Director of Policy Kithio Mwanzia says the vast majority of the business community of Niagara has been calling for a modernization of local governance before the region is left behind.
Two key proposals are moving to a double direct election of councillors and directly electing the Regional Chair.
Mwanzia says in terms of the councillors, they would serve on both tiers of government, local and regional.
He says that would close the communication loop and eliminate the duplication of services.
As for directly electing the Regional Chair, Mwanzia says as we look at the need to speak with one voice it allows the opportunity to strengthen that as well as elected regional issues come election time.
The Chamber aiming to have the proposals put into action ahead of the 2014 Municipal election.