With each passing year, I hear more and more people expressing their dissatisfaction, disengagement and disillusionment with government. The effects of this are clear; voter turnout has been on a downward trend for twenty plus years.
The reasons given for this decline are often attributed to a public that is uninterested, apathetic or just plain ignorant of the political system. Is this really true, or could there be other reasons that better explain this recent trend? At the municipal level and, as a newly-elected Councillor, I noticed something very odd at every informational meeting the City hosted – regardless of topics – only a handful of people attended. Often, the staff outnumbered the public. I soon concluded that something was very wrong with this picture! As I began to ask the ‘why’ questions during interactions with… Continue Reading