Election 2014: Take nothing for granted

Hopefully voters are beginning to realize how important the so-called third level of government is in our everyday lives.

The forums may be over, but the campaigns are in overdrive as the civic elections conclude the all-important final week.

Voters seemed to be interested, judging by turnouts at all-candidates meetings.

Hopefully that will result in increased voter turnout on Nov. 15.

Remember, you’re now voting in councillors and trustees for four-year terms, a 25-per-cent increase over previous elections.

Hopefully voters are beginning to realize how important the so-called third level of government is in our everyday lives.

What happens at city hall or the regional district office or the school board office directly affects you and your neighbour and we encourage everyone to get as informed as possible about the candidates pursuing these positions: and above all, exercise your right to vote.

We have endeavoured to cover as many forums as possible, but also there was a supplement last week and again in today’s paper with information on the candidates in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge.

It’s fitting that we all get to exercise our democratic right just a few days after we pay our respects to those who sacrificed so much for the freedoms that we too often take for granted.

We hope everyone wore a poppy and attended Remembrance Day services, Tuesday, to honour our veterans, and that as many as possible follow through and do the right thing on Saturday by exercising the hard-fought right to participate in a democracy.

– Black Press