There is much discussion in the media, and in the public whether or not Mr. Cimino should resign his seat on council. The Taxpayers Association promptly released a statement asking for his resignation.
Legislation currently in place allows for him to remain as a councillor while still being the NDP candidate for the Sudbury riding. It is not for me, for citizens, or for the Taxpayers Association to demand his resignation.
However, one must ask how Mr. Cimino will separate his role as a councillor from his ambition of holding a provincial seat in the legislature.
As the NDP nominee, he will no doubt begin campaigning for his party, sooner rather than later.
With the incumbent Liberal, Rick Bartolucci, stepping down and no replacement Liberal nominee on the horizon, the Sudbury riding is certainly a battleground for candidates, including Mr. Cimino.
Taxpayers are justified in being concerned that Mr. Cimino will use his position as a councillor to advance his agenda as the NDP candidate.
As a municipal representative, his role is to work with the provincial government advancing Greater Sudbury, outside of his own political affiliations.
In his role as the NDP candidate, he would be expected to contradict the current Liberal government, as he aims to win the seat from the Liberals, and keep the Conservatives at bay.
With Greater Sudbury’s current council dysfunctional already, there is no room at the table for party politics. This will only hamper our city further.
By not resigning from council and concurrently seeking a provincial seat, Mr. Cimino has chosen to walk a political tightrope. He needs to assure voters that this is being done without a safety net crafted at our expense.