Voting in Municipal Elections…

istock_000007413424xsmallThere is a lot of discussion recently on who should vote in Municipal Elections. Mayor David Miller seems to think that it not be necessary that voters be Citizens and wants to expand the number of Torontonians on the voter’s list. Others feel that the status quo should be kept, giving Canadian Citizens only the right to vote in elections and acting as a motivating factor in becoming a Citizen.

I am of the opinion that those who pay property taxes, whether they are citizens or not, should have the right to vote. Property taxes are the base tax of the services that are provided for in the city and those who pay should vote. Property owners have the most to lose or gain by decisions at City Hall and should be given the right to decide who they want to manage their investment.

Of course there are some of us out there who assume that this move by Mayor Miller is politically motivated and would serve to make him the “White Night” for years to come in the minds of the new voters, ensuring him his current position for life.  Are you for? Against? Or, like me, feel that whoever pays the bill, gets the vote?

Recent Articles on Voting in Municipal Elections:

The Toronto Star

The Globe and Mail

3 Responses

  1. Gary Zalepa

    Richard,

    I think the vote should be extended to permanent residents. This allows for participation for more than citizens but respects that you should have some skin in the game by living here. Thanks.

  2. Bobby

    The reason a citizenship exam is conducted is to ensure that people who want to call Canada home have invested some time and energy into learning about it. Just because someone pays housetax does not mean they should have a say in how that money is used or who gets elected to the council. Permanent residents can apply for citizenship if they are serious about living here. Also, immigrants can be easily exploited and manipulated by politicians to grab their votes, especially the ones who do not have a resources when they move to Canada. It takes at least 3 years for someone new to a country to get a good understanding of its culture, people, priorities and society. Incidentally, that is exactly the time they have to wait to apply for citizenship. I very strongly believe that only citizens should have the right to vote.

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