Four of 170 voters cast ballots in White Rock’s advanced-voting session at White Rock Community Centre Tuesday.

Dismal democracy demonstration

Editor:

It’s time to break a disturbing trend in B.C. – the dismal demonstration of democracy by Canadians in municipal elections.

Editor:

It’s time to break a disturbing trend in B.C. – the dismal demonstration of democracy by Canadians in municipal elections.

In recent years, the voter turnout has been around 25-30 per cent. This participation level, coupled with large numbers of candidates, means that it is possible for someone to be elected with as little as 10-12 per cent of the eligible electorate.

Two recent all-candidate meetings in White Rock had surprisingly large turnouts. But when it comes to actually getting out to vote, the vast majority of us can’t be bothered or won’t find the time or the energy to do it.

This is one of the basic fundamentals of a democracy. Thousands of Canadians have given their lives protecting this right for us.

We’ll remember them on Nov. 11. Let’s truly honour them by fulfilling our responsibility to “hold the torch high” – as noted in the poem, In Flanders Fields – and vote this year.

With three advance polls, plus the election date of Nov. 19, we have four chances to choose the leaders who will guide the future for our city. This will be a significant election, and a few extra votes can make a key difference in who will be our mayor and council for the next three years.

It’s such a small thing to do – and yet it means so much. Civic responsibility begins with each one of us, not just with our elected politicians.

Jim McKinlay, White Rock

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Pedestrian struck in South Surrey’s Campbell Heights

Incident occurred on 24 Avenue near 188 Street

White Rock exhibit explores diversity of First Nations languages in B.C.

Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in B.C. continues through April 28

VIDEO: Surrey Mounties arrest man trapped in cell phone repair shop

Man arrested as police respond to report of break-in in Guildford

Two rescued from distressed boat in Boundary Bay

Marine rescue crews and police tasked out Monday evening

VIDEO: Trudeau insists Iran respect families’ wishes when it comes to burials

All 176 people on board the Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 were killed

Jagmeet Singh says NDP caucus will discuss whether to support new NAFTA

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said steps to ratify the new NAFTA are top of mind

Province asks health-care staff to be ‘vigilant’ in screening for possible coronavirus cases

This comes after U.S. health officials confirmed a case of the virus in Washington State

University of Victoria tells stories of Holocaust survivors with graphic novels

International storytelling initiative launched first meetings this winter

Boy, 13, arrested after alleged assault involving girl at B.C. middle school

Boy alleged to have used ‘inappropriate levels of force’ to injure the girl

B.C. player becomes only second Canadian to enter Hall of Fame of Baseball

Walker received 76.6 percent of the Baseball Writers of America Association vote

PHOTOS: Heavy snowfall breaks window, causing avalanche into B.C. newsroom office

It was a chaotic start to the week for the Kitimat Northern Sentinel

Most Read

l -->