Ranked Ballots – asking the province to bring back the option for municipalities
Earlier this month, the Provincial government proposed a bill that ELIMINATED the ability for municipalities to choose how best to select their own representatives. This Monday (Nov.2) at General Committee, Councillor Kungl will be bringing forward an Item for Discussion, proposing the following:
That Barrie City Council request that the Provincial Government respect the current provision of the Municipal Elections Act and reverse their proposal to remove Ranked Ballots as a legitimate option for municipal elections, to preserve the integrity and importance of local decision-making by ensuring local governments continue to select the process by which municipal elections occur.
The the Mayor encourage local MPPs to respect the fundamental principles of democracy and current provision of the Municipal Elections Act by supporting the reversal of the government’s proposal to remove Ranked Ballots as a legitimate option.
That the Association of Municipalities of Ontario be asked to urge action across their network of elected local leaders to encourage the government to reconsider making changes to the authority of local governments in the selection of the process by which municipal elections occur.
Please call or email your Councillor, and confirm you want Barrie to make its own decisions about how to vote for City Council!