What’s behind the malaise with local elections in B.C.? (By Dermod Travis, IntegrityBC)

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IntegrityBC logo from websiteCommentary by Dermod Travis, executive director, IntegrityBC. Below are excerpts. For full text please click here.

Taken aback by complete strangers walking up to you this summer to shake hands? Well, that’s because they’re back. Candidates on the hustings for a city hall near you.

… Even though local governments in B.C. oversee more than $7 billion in annual spending, some communities may only see one in five voters go out and cast a ballot this November.

What does that mean in real terms? In Vancouver, it meant that less than one in five eligible voters re-elected Gregor Robertson in 2011. In Victoria, less than one in six re-elected Dean Fortin and in Nanaimo, Kamloops and Prince George less than one in seven elected their mayors. Ratios that get worse when it comes to electing councillors and school board trusteesSo what are some of the…

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