Re Discussion on Wards System
It is refreshing to see that we can have an open minded discussion regarding the pros and cons of a ward system of Municipal Government. Mr. Lonergan stated “What I did suggest is that the number of wards be increased from the present four to eight.” At the present time, we do not have a wards system. If Mr. Lonergan feels that we have a problem with the present system, it would be refreshing if he would clearly indicate what the problem is. How can the mayor allocate the positions representing the various committees to members of the ward system, when decisions have to be made for the good of the community at large? The ward system automatically elects people to benefit their own ward, which is the entire point of it. This is, however, very often at the expense of the wellbeing of the community as a whole. Incidentally, the mayor must be elected at large. In our present system, the deputy mayor is the council member with the highest number of votes. If we were to switch to a ward system, that method would no longer work.
With a municipality as small as ours, it can be, or should be, easily managed by the present system. With our current growth expansion within the municipality, I feel that now is not the time to even consider the pros and cons for a ward system, even though I firmly disagree with it.
Secondly, I totally agree with Mr. Lonergan that they, the present council, when they chose to choose a replacement for the retiring councilor, instead of bringing up the 5th runner up. Was it because they didn’t think he would be a good “team player”? Now I am not saying that the member that was chosen has to be a team player, as he has a free will; however I still feel that it was unfair to the runner up, because he had “the opinion of the public at large.”
Finally, I want to reiterate from my last letter that we the people are the ones responsible to elect the council members that have the best interest of the community at large, and there is no place on council for party politics or discrimination of any kind. It is not a problem with the current electoral system, but rather one with those who elect their representatives.