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Be the change

Editor, The News:

Re: Ridge council does what it is told (Sidewinder, Dec. 27).

I must congratulate Sandy Macdougall on his article. He hit the nail bang on.  The only area I differ on is his conclusion.

As a person who has been advocating for change at municipal hall for more than 20 years and three elections, I believe there is a considerable degree of political will.

The problem is the lack of public support.

Only two candidates who were not incumbents were elected in the last election. Neither suggested a change in the system was necessary. In fact, both were noncommittal on almost every controversial issue, neither taking a position one way or other.

To suggest a change in the system is necessary will guarantee failure.

The thousands of voters who feel the present system is not working stay at home instead of supporting candidates advocating for change with their votes, allowing the  people who like the present system and don’t support change, to win.

It would only require 5,000 of the roughly 40,000 who stayed home rather than vote, concentrating on four or five candidates supporting a different system to completely change the results.

The existing council was elected with the support of less than 5,000 of 12,000 who voted.

There were 51,000 eligible voters.

To change the system we need a majority of the council to agree with the change. Thus, the need for a slate.

This is the reason we will see at least one slate running, probably two in the next election.

I know of several people contemplating whether or not they should run in the next election.

Most will decide not to because of the probability of failure.

If you are tired of endless tax increases, if you believe Maple Ridge should and could be better, mark Nov. 15,  2014 on your calendar. Call up your friends who feel the same way, encourage people to run and support them by voting and getting your friends to vote.

We all deserve better.

Graham Mowatt

Maple Ridge


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