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- July 14, 2018 at 6:39 PM #755409
In this year’s municipal election there will be some meaningful races and some farces in which the current bobblehead will be re-elected without much of a challenge. If Jim Watson wins the mayoralty race, any new councillors will be placed in a rack and the advantages of agreeing with his views will be made abundantly clear.
I know there are many grey-beards who follow The Bulldog and on a few occasions the topic of protest has arisen. I’m too old to march for more than a hundred yards or so and carrying placards never seemed to provide much value in my opinion. So how about this. If you live in a ward in which only weak candidates are running against one of the current Bobbleheads, candidates who have no chance of winning the ward, don’t vote. In a democracy each citizen has the right to vote. The same holds true when it comes to having the right to not vote. Last election about 50 per cent of eligible voters showed up at the polls in ward 20, a ward which traditionally has one of the highest turnout rates in Ottawa. If only 20 per cent turn out to vote in 2018, I think a clear message is being sent.
Be wary, however, that in some wards it’s critical that as many people vote as possible, especially the ones in which Watson’s buddies are running. So, if you live in ward 8, for example, be sure to vote for Rick Chiarelli, someone who’s proven he is not afraid to stand up to Watson.July 14, 2018 at 11:49 PM #755543
This silliest thing I have heard is the notion that you can affect anything by not voting.
What impact could that have? Elections will be held anyway and people will get elected to office anyway – there is no rule or regulation or requirement to annul an election because not enough people voted. Yes it is troublesome that voter turnout last municipal election in Ottawa was 40% but the answer is not turning your back on the democratic process – all that means is that other people will make decisions for you – electing people who will set your taxes, determine what services will (or will not) be provided, and direct how our city will grow. If you are happy to let other people do that, then don’t vote and don’t complain.
And by the way, the Mayor is but one vote on City Council. Your City Councillor has also one vote. If you want a better representative, then make an effort to recruit and support such a person. The more people who are engaged the more chance for change. But not participating is pure apathy, and everybody knows apathy is boring.July 14, 2018 at 11:50 PM #755539
Your city will be stuck in the same rut for as long as there is a bloc at council. You must break up the clique. Not voting won’t work.
If Ottawans want change then they will have to prove that fact by running candidates and knocking on doors for them and voting for fresh blood
The people in charge right now have their finger on the pulse of the city. Unfortunately,there seems to be a problem – I am detecting ventricular fibrillation.
ChazJuly 15, 2018 at 10:52 AM #755559
You may have misinterpreted Sisco’s point. I think he was being facetious. He was being a bit of a provocateur.
I think he was trying to reflect on the oft heard comment, ” Why bother voting because they are all the same?” or perhaps that’s “Why bother voting because my vote means nothing anyway?”
I think he was trying to give people a kick in the hiney.
All that being said, yes – get out and support a candidate that will bring your council to a table where open debate is the norm not the exception and where unanimous yeas don’t happen on contentious issues.
ChazJuly 15, 2018 at 10:55 AM #755567
Ken GrayKeymasterJuly 16, 2018 at 10:58 PM #755727
Alex & Chaz. Actually I just wanted to toss a concept on the table to see how readers would respond, that would make them think “what the hell is this person thinking?” The problem is once we elect a representative for our ward, voters become apathetic and will likely continue to vote for them merely because their name is the only one they recognize on the ballot, although contrary to this I have heard a number of people throughout the city say “I don’t even know who my councillor is”. Considering how much politics goes on at all 3 levels in Ottawa, where the overall standard of living is higher than in most Canadian cities, Ottawans are a pretty apathetic lot.