A Lack of Integrity in Hamilton

Election 2021: Adam van Koeverden on the Liberal Party‘s Record in Government and Platform for the 905 The 905er Podcast

In our second interview with candidates from the 905 Region ahead of the Federal Election, we talk today to Adam van Koeverden, who is seeking re-election as the MP for Milton for the Liberals, a seat he won just two years ago when he defeated former Conservative minister Lisa Rait. Van Koeverden was a Canadian household name as an Olympic Gold, and multi-Silver and Bronze medal winner in Sprint Kayak before entering politics. In his first term as an MP he served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. We discuss the climate change, electoral reform, First Nations reconciliation, the COVID recovery plan and much more in a wide-ranging conversation. Programming note: we have continued to approach numerous Conservative candidates with the opportunity to discuss their platform as NDP and Liberal candidates have done. This includes offering to add an extra episode in order that we can make sure a CPC voice is heard before election day. As of September 16th only one CPC campaign office has taken the time to return any of our messages. While we make no apology for the fact the 905er Podcast sees the news through a progressive lens, the reason we exist is to let listeners hear direct from people with influence in our region. We accord anybody who is willing to be a guest equal courtesy and respect, and we are delighted that MPs, mayors and councillors from across the political spectrum have been guests during the 905er's first year. It is disappointing that not one Conservative candidate has yet been willing to speak on the record to voters interested in hearing their party's platform. It takes money and time to create two podcasts a week. We love doing what we do, but please consider supporting us if you can so we can keep improving, and paying the bills. Why not buy us a coffee? Or you can support us by becoming a patron for a month, for six months, or forever. See https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Thanks to our existing patrons! You can join them at https://www.patreon.com/the905er. Supporting the 905er with a monthly donation enables us to do this podcast, to make it better and better, and to make sure it reflects your priorities. Please consider joining our growing team. Nicholas Paul: sound editing. The Quadrafonics: fantastic opening and closing tunes! Don’t forget to check out 905er.ca, even if you get the podcast delivered to your automatically. We post additional news and stories there when we can, and welcome submissions and ideas for additional content.
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The 905er this week is taking a special interest in the Hamilton City Council’s Integrity Commissioner’s investigation of Cameron Kroetsch. For those of you who are not fully aware of the story, Mr. Kroetsch is an activist and advocate busy in the Hamilton LGBTQ community.

He was volunteering as chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee to the City Council. Recently, the City Council used it’s Integrity Commissioner to investigate claims that Mr. Kroetsch violated policy when he shared a tweet highlighting a decision the advisory committee made.

Many have criticised the city council for using a mechanism, which was meant to govern behaviour of elected councillors, in such a way against a volunteer. My colleague Roland Tanner and I spoke with Mr. Kroetsch to get his side of the story. As well, we spoke with Joey Coleman of The Public Record to get his analysis of the situation.

This was a pretty big episode for us so we needed to break it up into two parts. Part one is above with Mr. Kroetsch’s interview. Our chat with Joey will be coming on Tuesday.


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