There 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?