Author: Narine, Shari
Date published: August 1, 2010
A strong proponent for Edmonton's Aboriginal population will not be seeking re-election on city council. Alderman Ron Hayter,73, who has served for 33 years, announced last month that he will not be running in the next municipal election. The Ward 2 councillor served two separate terms for the city, returning in 2001 with one of his goals to provide greater recognition of Edmonton's Aboriginal population. Hayter negotiated the declaration "strengthening relations between the City of Edmonton and urban Aboriginals," a ground setting accord in Canada. Mayor Stephen Mandel told the Edmonton Journal, "(Hayter's) great leadership on the city's need to understand the Aboriginal community is one of his wonderful contributions. It would not have been done without Ron. It's his passion about the issue that helped achieve it."