Hamilton East-Stoney Creek
Born and raised in Hamilton, Bob Bratina served as the city’s Mayor between 2010 and his election to the House of Commons in 2015. He was awarded two Queen’s Jubilee Medals for his community involvement. He was also named Hamilton Mountain Citizen of the Year in 2002 and was rated one of Hamilton’s most trustworthy politicians by readers of View Magazine. He has also been publicly criticized for unprofessional conduct.
Bratina was elected to city councillor on a platform of greater integrity at city hall and downtown revitalization. He was a strong advocate for transportation changes in Hamilton, though he voted against a light rail. Improved transportation for the GTA was a major plank in his platform when he ran for MP.
As Mayor, Bratina worked to bring new businesses into the city to create jobs. He also worked with GO Transit to improve service for Hamilton’s commuters. In May 2012 Bratina was officially reprimanded by the the city’s integrity commissioner for violating the Code of Conduct.
After graduating from high school, Bratina found a job in radio broadcasting and worked in broadcasting for 40 years. He is a member of the Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame for his role as the play-by-play voice of the Hamilton TigerCats and Toronto Argonauts.
He has been a member of the GO Transit Board of Directors, the Art Gallery of Hamilton Board of Directors, Theatre Aquarius Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of Core Entertainment (formerly HECFI).
Bratina is also a musician who has performed with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also run 18 marathons, including the Boston Marathon. He is married with one grown son.