Patrick Lawson: ‘I urge Victoria City Councillor Lynn Hunter to take notice of democracy in action’

CITIZENS SHOULD BE ABLE

TO USE THE ELECTRONIC MEDIA TO VOTE DIRECTLY

 

Victoria Councillor Lynn Hunter was recently quoted on the Blue Bridge issue saying, “I’m firmly opposed to a referendum because I consider it an affront to representative democracy.

“The question we should ask ourselves is where does the use of public referenda stop?

“In this electronic age, it is possible the public could vote directly on anything and everything, making elected representatives obsolete.”

I would have thought that in a representative democracy, elected officials would want to know what the people they represent are thinking.

And I wholeheartedly believe that in this day and age, citizens should be able to use the electronic media to vote directly.

However, the only option citizens now have to get Councillors to listen to the people they represent is for them to stand out in the streets for 45 days collecting names on thousands of petitions.

This antiquated, paper-wasting, flawed system is designed to fail.

Should the Blue Bridge petition be successful, I urge Hunter to take notice of democracy in action.

Patrick Lawson

Victoria

 

CCC BLOG reprint:

Victoria Times Colonist: timescolonist.com

Referendums offer better democracy

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Page A11

CCC

 

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