Many people say – and I agree completely – that the municipal vote is both the most important and, in many instances, the most boring as well.
It’s the most important because municipal politics influence and control most of our daily activities, be they road construction, development, planning, real estate activity and value, traffic controls, trustees for education boards and so on.
It’s also really boring because campaigns aren’t glitzed up with promises about slashing taxes or elaborate spending schemes. Well, Toronto is an outlier in this respect, given the subway plans that are required for this town (yes, I just said that), but most voters in municipal elections are confronted with worries like flouride & pesticide bans, parking fees and other seemingly trivial issues.
However, the KEY issue in all municipal politics are traffic and planning. Cities are no longer being planned, they’re being built without thought.
Today, be sure to vote for someone that will do everything they can to avoid turning your municipality into another Detroit. Endless sprawl must end and find the right person who is committed to delivering the best bang for the buck by intensification.
And please, for the love of the creator(s), DO NOT vote for someone that promises to run public office like a business.