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Democracy is gone

First our provincial government expropriated the power of all municipalities to protect our home investments from giant wind factories in districts not zoned industrial.

Now our cumbersome 16-member council has proven itself unworthy of such power. It cannot even downsize itself, despite the clear wishes of its electorate and its appointed Citizens’ Assembly.

In our last municipal election the County’s electorate clearly called for public consultation about council size, but council dithered and delayed for more than two years, leaving insufficient time for proper consultation before the next election.

And now for another five years prince Edward County, with several more councillors than any other municipalities of our size, must surely be the laughing stock of Ontario. Why bother voting? Democracy is gone from here.

Jim McPherson, Milford

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  1. Olmanonthemtn says:

    I fell your pain Jim, unfortunately it seems that the malady of democratic deficiency is a perennial problem, the assurance of responsible, effective democracy can never be taken for granted we need to unite and continue to question, expose, prompt, cajole when there is evidence of bad judgement and show our delight when sound reason and ethics are in evidence.
    Here is some humour from times past to lighten the load:
    ”Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.”
    Groucho Marx
    “It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.”

    H.L. Mencken

    “Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.”

    Will Rogers

    “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.”
    Mark Twain

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