Hamilton lawyer enters Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal race

News Apr 14, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

 

Hamilton lawyer Bruno Uggenti, who fought the city and won, launched his bid to become the Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal candidate by challenging NDP candidate Scott Duvall to keep his promise to remain a councillor.

“I completely disagree with what Scott Duvall has done,” said Uggenti in an interview. “If you make a commitment to do something, you should fulfill that commitment.”

Uggenti says municipal councillors who were elected in last fall’s municipal election should stand by their word and not seek higher office.  Duval, the Ward 7 councillor, who won the federal NDP nomination race last month, was overwhelming re-elected last fall for council. Uggenti said If Duvall becomes MP in this fall’s scheduled federal election, Hamilton taxpayers would have to pay for a possible by-election.

“It doesn’t make any sense to me,” said Uggenti.

The 49-year-old Hamilton native’s sentiment about municipal councillors completing their mandate also extends to Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson, who is still mulling over the idea of seeking the Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal nomination.

He says Jackson, who has been a Hamilton councillor for over 25 years, “made a commitment for four years in the last election. So I don’t understand why he would run because I think when a person makes a commitment they should follow through on that commitment.”

Uggenti, who won a $900,000 settlement from the city of Hamilton in 2013 when he broke his back while tobogganing, says his action came out of poor decision making from council.

“I should not have gone through what I went through,” he said. “And it was the city’s fault and city councillors knew about it and they had ample time to resolve it. Why didn’t they?”

Uggenti, who held a news conference last week at Huntington Park Recreation Centre to announce his candidacy in front of family and friends, and then followed up with a gathering a day later at Michelangelo Banquet Centre, is the third person to enter the race for the last federal Liberal nomination in the city.

Shaun Burt, a teacher, has been running for the nomination for about two and a half years, while nurse practitioner Jan Park Dorsay was approved as a candidate by the Liberal party last fall.

Burt says his hard work has paid off in the number of memberships he has, which has made him the one to beat when a nomination meeting is called. He is targeting 1,500 memberships.

“I’m looking at doubling the (membership) of the association,” said Burt.  “I remain determined to fulfill my dream. I will out work Scott. He may have the name recognition, but I will outwork him.”

Uggenti says he respects Burt and Dorsey, but believes he is the best qualified to run.

“I have the perseverance and the resolve to make a difference,” he said.

Urggenti, a Catholic, agreed to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s requirement that all candidates support the party’s pro-choice position.

“If it were me to make the decision myself as to whether or not if I had an abortion, I would decide in my own way whether to do that,” said Uggenti. “I can’t decide that for somebody else to do that. That is a personal decision.”

But on another controversial issue, Uggenti  backs the Liberal party position. He says Canada needs some sort of legislation similar to Bill C-51 that grants new powers to the country’s security services. But the current bill, as it stands, will “erode” the rights of Canadians, said Uggenti.

“The principle behind the bill I support,” said Uggenti. “But they’ve gone too far.”

Uggenti says he believes the nomination meeting is on the horizon, but he doesn’t know when. Park Dorsey and Burt also don’t know when the event will take place.

 

Hamilton lawyer enters Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal race

News Apr 14, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

 

Hamilton lawyer Bruno Uggenti, who fought the city and won, launched his bid to become the Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal candidate by challenging NDP candidate Scott Duvall to keep his promise to remain a councillor.

“I completely disagree with what Scott Duvall has done,” said Uggenti in an interview. “If you make a commitment to do something, you should fulfill that commitment.”

Uggenti says municipal councillors who were elected in last fall’s municipal election should stand by their word and not seek higher office.  Duval, the Ward 7 councillor, who won the federal NDP nomination race last month, was overwhelming re-elected last fall for council. Uggenti said If Duvall becomes MP in this fall’s scheduled federal election, Hamilton taxpayers would have to pay for a possible by-election.

“It doesn’t make any sense to me,” said Uggenti.

The 49-year-old Hamilton native’s sentiment about municipal councillors completing their mandate also extends to Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson, who is still mulling over the idea of seeking the Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal nomination.

He says Jackson, who has been a Hamilton councillor for over 25 years, “made a commitment for four years in the last election. So I don’t understand why he would run because I think when a person makes a commitment they should follow through on that commitment.”

Uggenti, who won a $900,000 settlement from the city of Hamilton in 2013 when he broke his back while tobogganing, says his action came out of poor decision making from council.

“I should not have gone through what I went through,” he said. “And it was the city’s fault and city councillors knew about it and they had ample time to resolve it. Why didn’t they?”

Uggenti, who held a news conference last week at Huntington Park Recreation Centre to announce his candidacy in front of family and friends, and then followed up with a gathering a day later at Michelangelo Banquet Centre, is the third person to enter the race for the last federal Liberal nomination in the city.

Shaun Burt, a teacher, has been running for the nomination for about two and a half years, while nurse practitioner Jan Park Dorsay was approved as a candidate by the Liberal party last fall.

Burt says his hard work has paid off in the number of memberships he has, which has made him the one to beat when a nomination meeting is called. He is targeting 1,500 memberships.

“I’m looking at doubling the (membership) of the association,” said Burt.  “I remain determined to fulfill my dream. I will out work Scott. He may have the name recognition, but I will outwork him.”

Uggenti says he respects Burt and Dorsey, but believes he is the best qualified to run.

“I have the perseverance and the resolve to make a difference,” he said.

Urggenti, a Catholic, agreed to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s requirement that all candidates support the party’s pro-choice position.

“If it were me to make the decision myself as to whether or not if I had an abortion, I would decide in my own way whether to do that,” said Uggenti. “I can’t decide that for somebody else to do that. That is a personal decision.”

But on another controversial issue, Uggenti  backs the Liberal party position. He says Canada needs some sort of legislation similar to Bill C-51 that grants new powers to the country’s security services. But the current bill, as it stands, will “erode” the rights of Canadians, said Uggenti.

“The principle behind the bill I support,” said Uggenti. “But they’ve gone too far.”

Uggenti says he believes the nomination meeting is on the horizon, but he doesn’t know when. Park Dorsey and Burt also don’t know when the event will take place.

 

Hamilton lawyer enters Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal race

News Apr 14, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

 

Hamilton lawyer Bruno Uggenti, who fought the city and won, launched his bid to become the Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal candidate by challenging NDP candidate Scott Duvall to keep his promise to remain a councillor.

“I completely disagree with what Scott Duvall has done,” said Uggenti in an interview. “If you make a commitment to do something, you should fulfill that commitment.”

Uggenti says municipal councillors who were elected in last fall’s municipal election should stand by their word and not seek higher office.  Duval, the Ward 7 councillor, who won the federal NDP nomination race last month, was overwhelming re-elected last fall for council. Uggenti said If Duvall becomes MP in this fall’s scheduled federal election, Hamilton taxpayers would have to pay for a possible by-election.

“It doesn’t make any sense to me,” said Uggenti.

The 49-year-old Hamilton native’s sentiment about municipal councillors completing their mandate also extends to Ward 6 councillor Tom Jackson, who is still mulling over the idea of seeking the Hamilton Mountain federal Liberal nomination.

He says Jackson, who has been a Hamilton councillor for over 25 years, “made a commitment for four years in the last election. So I don’t understand why he would run because I think when a person makes a commitment they should follow through on that commitment.”

Uggenti, who won a $900,000 settlement from the city of Hamilton in 2013 when he broke his back while tobogganing, says his action came out of poor decision making from council.

“I should not have gone through what I went through,” he said. “And it was the city’s fault and city councillors knew about it and they had ample time to resolve it. Why didn’t they?”

Uggenti, who held a news conference last week at Huntington Park Recreation Centre to announce his candidacy in front of family and friends, and then followed up with a gathering a day later at Michelangelo Banquet Centre, is the third person to enter the race for the last federal Liberal nomination in the city.

Shaun Burt, a teacher, has been running for the nomination for about two and a half years, while nurse practitioner Jan Park Dorsay was approved as a candidate by the Liberal party last fall.

Burt says his hard work has paid off in the number of memberships he has, which has made him the one to beat when a nomination meeting is called. He is targeting 1,500 memberships.

“I’m looking at doubling the (membership) of the association,” said Burt.  “I remain determined to fulfill my dream. I will out work Scott. He may have the name recognition, but I will outwork him.”

Uggenti says he respects Burt and Dorsey, but believes he is the best qualified to run.

“I have the perseverance and the resolve to make a difference,” he said.

Urggenti, a Catholic, agreed to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s requirement that all candidates support the party’s pro-choice position.

“If it were me to make the decision myself as to whether or not if I had an abortion, I would decide in my own way whether to do that,” said Uggenti. “I can’t decide that for somebody else to do that. That is a personal decision.”

But on another controversial issue, Uggenti  backs the Liberal party position. He says Canada needs some sort of legislation similar to Bill C-51 that grants new powers to the country’s security services. But the current bill, as it stands, will “erode” the rights of Canadians, said Uggenti.

“The principle behind the bill I support,” said Uggenti. “But they’ve gone too far.”

Uggenti says he believes the nomination meeting is on the horizon, but he doesn’t know when. Park Dorsey and Burt also don’t know when the event will take place.