By Aaron Berhane October 2010 The municipal elections for the next four-year term will be held on October 25, 2010. Torontonians will elect a new mayo...
By Aaron Berhane
The municipal elections for the next four-year term will be held on October 25, 2010. Torontonians will elect a new mayor, councilors and school trustees. As Toronto residents, this is our opportunity to have a say in local government by exercising our democratic right to vote.
As citizens we have a right to participate in three very important elections to select candidates for municipal, provincial and federal government. More than any other government, it is the municipal government that has the greatest impact on our quality of life. Water supply, public transit, roads, collection of garbage and recycling, emergency services, parks and libraries are examples of Toronto’s municipal services. By voting, we can influence all these aspects of our lives.
There are 476 candidates who have been certified to participate in the October election. Forty will run for the mayor’s seat, 279 for city councilors and 157 for school board trustees. They are all campaigning aggressively to influence voters with their ideas.
Therefore, it is up to us to cast our vote in the municipal elections which will be held to choose 84 representatives. Let’s listen to the candidates’ promises, digest their ideas and ask them how they can fulfill our expectations. Then, we can exercise our democratic right to pick the candidates. It is time to strengthen our activities as citizens. Let’s march to the locations where the elections will be held.