Four Year Terms for Council?

Ron Bolin —  September 24, 2010
Letter to the Editor:

Tom Fletcher’s piece, “Municipal politicians to vote on four-year elected terms”  (Bulletin, Sept. 23, 2010) raises an important question: When was the public asked for their approval to give four year terms to municipal politicians?  Does the public have any say in this matter or have we somehow given permission to our elected city officials to give themselves a longer reprieve against our disapproval?

The U.S. House of Representatives must ask the public for their approval every two years.  For a century, Nanaimo Councils were elected annually, then came 2, 3 and now proposed 4 year terms in rapid succession. Do we feel that our oversight is no longer required so frequently as we all approve of what is happening to our town?  Are elections so onerous that raising money for elections is getting harder for the businesses and unions which are their primary funders?  Who should be voting on four year terms, the governors or the governed?  Is this the kind of vote that we are sending our Councillors to Whistler to take on our behalf?  Should we not be demanding our say in this matter?

Ron Bolin