Strong voter turn-out boosts democracy

Democracy is in peril all across Canada, but citizens have a golden opportunity in the upcoming municipal elections

Democracy is in peril all across Canada, but citizens have a golden opportunity in the upcoming municipal elections to show politicians the electorate is engaged, informed and anxious to maintain or improve the well-being of their communities with their votes.

Whatever mayor and council we elect will be in office for four years, so we want to get it right.

A council that works well together, and with the citizens of Chase, that is respectful of each other and welcoming of citizen input, and makes decisions through informed consensus, will be happily reflected in the village culture itself.

The UBCM (Union of BC Municipalities) this year brought forward a number of important resolutions, one of which was that more women be encouraged to participate at all levels of government.

I have been pleased to see we have a wide choice of candidates of both genders, and I look forward to a council comprised of a healthy mix of men and women.

When important issues to the community are not dealt with openly in public and information is not freely disseminated, voter apathy and voter suppression is the result.  Don’t let that dissuade you from coming out and voting on the 15th of November.

Find out the information you need to make an informed voting decision by asking questions of the candidates who are knocking on your doors.

A strong voter turnout will be sending a message that a fine balance between environmental, health, and developmental interests is possible to achieve, and we are just the community to show how it can be done.

Marna McLaren

 

Salmon Arm Observer