Statement regarding Mat Siscoe being appointed to Niagara Regional Council
Last night at a special meeting of Regional Council, Council ratified the decision made by St. Catharines City Council to appoint Mat Siscoe to fill the St. Catharines Regional Council seat vacated by the late Sandie Bellows.
Immediately following the vote of Council, Mat Siscoe was sworn in as a Regional Councillor. He had provided notice to the City that he would resign his seat pending the outcome of the Regional Council vote. With the decision of Council, Mat Siscoe is no longer a City Councillor.
On behalf of St. Catharines City Council and staff, I would like to thank Councillor Siscoe for his dedication to his work as a City Councillor.
While the decision by City Council in December was not an easy one, Siscoe’s appointment is a reflection of the current challenges we are facing as a City. With a fifth wave of COVID-19 confronting our community combined with a housing crisis, rising inflation rates, an opioid epidemic and economic uncertainty for many businesses; and, with only nine months to go in this current term of Council, we needed someone who could immediately make an impact.
Siscoe, as a three-term City Councillor, has shown himself to be a strong voice for our community. He held the role of the City’s budget chair for the past two terms of Council, he is the current chair of the Region’s Linking Niagara Transit Committee, and as the St. Patrick’s Ward Councillor, he has been very actively involved in issues in our downtown core surrounding public safety, homelessness and addictions. He is also keenly aware of the impacts COVID-19 has had from a health perspective, as well as on the economy.
We are confident that as a Regional Councillor, Siscoe will make an immediate impact. Thank you to Niagara Regional Council for supporting the City’s decision.
With the resignation of his ward seat at City Council, the City will address the vacancy in the St. Patrick’s Ward at its Jan. 17 meeting.