Just four months on the job, and he’s already looking for a new one.
That is the story of TDSB Trustee and NDP candidate for Scarborough-Rouge River Neethan Shan.
This is far from Trustee Shan’s first offence. As a York Region District School Board Trustee, Shan unsuccessfully ran for the same provincial seat after less than one year on the job.
When the previous January’s TDSB by-election was held, his opponents attacked him for a lack of commitment to the Board. Turns out they were right.
Shan has openly admitted to that it took him a mere two months following his by-election victory before he began “engaging in serious thought and deliberations” and two months later decided to seek the NDP nomination. That’s right Torontonians; it took Shan a mere two months to decide being Trustee simply wasn’t good enough.
As a candidate for Trustee in York Centre, the comment is insulting. As a citizen in Toronto, Shan’s decision is nothing short of repulsive.
Citizens in Toronto, Scarborough, and right here in York Centre deserve better.
By-elections cost the Board approximately $250,000. At a time when the Board is literally taking special needs assistants out of classrooms due to lack of funding the Board is spending approximately $1 million on by-elections. Should Shan become the next MPP for Scarborough-Rouge River the public can add another $250,000 to that tab. Is this why we elect public officials?
You deserve better. That is why I am calling on all candidates in TDSB by-elections in Toronto Centre-Rosedale, Etobicoke North, and York Centre to pledge not to use the position of Trustee to run for so-called ‘higher office’. You have that promise from me. I am not running for the position of Trustee to be your next MPP or city councillor. I am running to be your TDSB Trustee.
I have always remained steadfast in my reasons for running. After years of being forced to navigate my way through the obscene red-tape and bureaucracy at the Toronto District School Board as a parent of a child with special needs, I came to a clear and present realization: It should not be this hard. Parents should not have to wrestle to obtain the best possible education for their children. And I pledge to do this as your Trustee. And only as your Trustee. I hope the other Trustee candidates will join my cause.