TC: Local elections need an overhaul

November 14, 2008 at 7:06 am 3 comments

As we head into the final full day before the election, the Times Colonist published an editorial: Local elections need an overhaul, detailing the problems and several possible solutions from amalgamation to limiting candidates.

Entry filed under: Election 2008.

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  • 1. Davin  |  November 15, 2008 at 2:58 am

    I don’t disagree with the sentiment. What do you think?

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  • 2. robertrandall  |  November 15, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Yes, particularly restrictions on protest candidates who are not serious about being elected. It’s fair to make them show the public they have a modest level of commitment. Gathering 50 signatures out of 40,000 households in Victoria is not difficult.

    And it’s clear that partisan politics drives a wedge into the municipal system. Unfortunately, the TC editorial waffles on the issue of electoral reform, saying it’s needed but they’re not sure which direction to go. Very wishy washy:

    Perhaps slates or municipal parties need to play a larger role. We hope not. The public is best served by candidates who approach issues using their judgment and experience, rather than a party line. But everything should be considered.

    That includes greater restrictions on candidates, perhaps requiring a greater number of nominees. Again, we hope that is not necessary. A diverse range of candidates is desirable.

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  • 3. robertrandall  |  November 15, 2008 at 8:49 am

    PS, I know a local writer whom I’m certain would award that quote the “Passive Voice Acheivement of the Year.” ;)

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