The Mayor represents only one vote, thus being at par with the ward councillors (at least from a voting perspective) . In simple terms, the Mayor simply can't make things happen. He has to be able to persuade a number of ward councillors to vote in favour of his direction. In a system where each councillor and the mayor are equally empowered vote-wise, the tendency to horse trade, bicker or otherwise use almost any tactic to prevail, is, at times, resorted to.
Mayor-elect Bratina will need to find a way to win his colleagues over- at least with his ideas and policies. As a councilor he was many times outspoken and not shy to call out errors or points of disagreement. As Mayor Elect and eventually as Mayor, the reception he receives may be quite telling of how functional or dysfunctional this new council will be. More telling might be, how Bratina reacts to it. Will some of his peers be vying to "teach the new mayor a lesson"? Or will they be professional enough to support Mayor Elect Bratina?
In the face of disruption, will Bob be able to control or regulate decorum? Or are the archers gearing up?
For what it's worth, The Hamiltonian is hopeful that council will find greater harmony going forward, keep the best interests of Hamilton in mind, and support themselves and our new mayor.