Elections! bad news and bad news!

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In a few short weeks, we will elect a mayor. The good news is that we have three candidates for mayor and several individuals have added their names to the roster of council members. Perhaps this is an indication that the tide is shifting, that people are moving beyond spectator roles and willing to actively engage in local government. But the news is not all good.

In a few short weeks, we will elect a mayor. The good news is that we have three candidates for mayor and several individuals have added their names to the roster of council members. Perhaps this is an indication that the tide is shifting, that people are moving beyond spectator roles and willing to actively engage in local government. But the news is not all good.
I hoped there would be a forum where residents could meet the three mayoral
candidates and hear directly from them where they stand on issues of concern. It’s easy to craft a brochure listing goals or a vision. It’s one piece of a campaign package, but it doesn’t get at the heart of issues, nor distinguish candidates. Facing constituents and responding to carefully crafted questions is an opportunity for mayoral candidates to define themselves. In the absence of this, how does one make an informed decision at the polls?
Voting is a right and responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Elections should be more than a popularity contest. Our roads, infrastructure, local decision making process, and plans for going forward all weigh on the minds of residents. What is the position of our mayoral candidates on these issues? Do we know? A forum would be a step in leveling the playing field so we could hear from each candidate.
But all is not lost. There is still time to contact our mayoral candidates and seek out their positions on issues of concern to us. We must make informed decisions! It’s easy to sit back and complain when things aren’t going as hoped. It’s easy to criticize and be reactive. We must remember that it takes courage to put yourself forward for a leadership position;
political leadership is not easy. At the same time, it takes courage to stand up and ask questions. Let’s not be spectators in this election. Honour each of our candidates by listening to them, making your voice heard, and asking questions.  Most importantly, be resolved to accept the outcome and support our team of elected officials as they strive to collaboratively address the issues of importance to our precious island.

Colleen Fleming
L’ISLE-AUX-ALLUMETTES