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How can limiting people's involvement and participation in the democratic process be beneficial to anyone?
This is statement that is similar to a small child taking their ball and going home because their team is losing.
The public has spoken and now we all need to deal with the results.
If you are not happy with the results of the election, then get involved more often than every 4 years, attend meetings, speak with councillors, be an active member of the community groups.
In the days following elections people need to think of the words spoken by Ghandi,
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
"The people have spoken", yes, but what did they say, and has it been reflected in the electoral results?
47% of Torontonians voted for Rob Ford. 53% didn't.
45% of Ward 30 residents voted for Paula Fletcher. 55% didn't.
41% of Ward 30 residents voted for Mary Fregedakis. 59% didn't.
In Australia, they use a preferential ballot that avoids vote-splitting problems. For example, I could have continued my campaign to the end, and those of you who like my ideas could have indicated that I was your first preference, and marked Liz or Paula or Mark or Angie as your second or subsequent preferences.
The easy solution is out there, but incumbents generally lack motivation to change the rules. Hey Paula, how committed are you to addressing this democratic deficit?
I encourage everyone to stay in touch with their candidates and find out if they're willing to commit to 2014.
I also STRONGLY encourage ALL of you to check out a man named Dave Meslin and his RaBIT initiative; he is taking ACTION to bring the ranked-ballot system that Andrew speaks of to us. We need it - badly - and it's very easy to do, but we need to put pressure on those elected last night, and we need a concerted effort to get it done. We can't wait four years.
Check it out at http://www.rabit.ca/
I watched Paula last night on CityTV exclaim that change was not wanted in Ward 30....really? Apparently she has learned nothing about what residents and businesses want done in this ward and it will be business as usual. Unfortunately Paula more people voted against you and your policies so it's time to wake up and smell the coffee! You need to change and start to represent this ward properly! You got lucky now prove you deserve this chance.
I am sorry Mark. My comment was made never to be taken so seriously. However, you and many others are correct. My statement was not thought out. It was intended as more of a "if only...." Reading all these replies demonstrates that no one could hear my tone of voice in a quick sentence. I apologize.
I also agree that getting involved or passionate only at election time is not enough. I am new to the ward, so it was just my first chance. I certainly hope to be more involved in the future.
Wishing everyone a great day in a great ward!