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By markwhittle (registered) - website | Posted November 10, 2006 at 14:55:24

Here in Hamilton, apathy reigns supreme. This is my fifth municipal election using my own money. I have been doing the spade work for ten years, helping ward seven residents solve problems when city hall would not. I did this because I have faith in democracy that apathy will wither and die if I stuck at it instead of disappearing after the last municipal election, or the one before that. Given the double-talk flying around the ward with eight candidates it’s easy to get drowned out by the noise and fury union and developer money bring. You can always tell which candidate has the money, slick, colorful coreplast election signs with a nice picture of the candidate. Planted row upon row along the streets like they always are, the status quo writ large. It can be quite depressing when you know those candidate are recruits of provincial or federal political parties hoping to get some political leverage on council. Apathy and a lack of political will is killing ward sevens democracy, allowing political parties like the NDP to foist in their selected candidate so more misguided blame assessment can be fostered upon the residents.

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