Frequently Asked Questions
Because city council has control over services that directly affect your day-to-day life: water, sewer, garbage, road construction, policing, firefighting, public transit, residential/commercial/industrial development, social and economic development, parks, taxes and more.
Selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership; an interest in, knowledge of, and commitment to the community; a solid grasp of the role and responsibilities of councillors and staff; a commitment to due process; and an ability to comprehend complex issues and consider creative solutions.
Respect for their colleagues on council; the ability for all councillors to participate and express their views in council discussions; a strong commitment to work together for the betterment of the community; and strong, effective leadership from the mayor.
A lack of understanding about roles and responsibilities of council members; a lack of trust between elected officials and staff; lack of consequences or repercussions for questionable behaviour by both council members and senior city staff; and personal or partisan political agendas.
Do your research, ask questions, and assess the candidates rigorously. Remember, the mayor and council are responsible for running a multi-million dollar corporation with close to 1,000 employees. Your community will be in their hands for the next four years, so vote wisely.
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