Comment 91808

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted September 06, 2013 at 11:37:22 in reply to Comment 91807

By no means do I condemn the Ward 2 PB process - it was an excellent start to a practice I hope will become a lot more widely adopted - but I must admit I find the whole compromise approach to be problematic.

Imagine, if you will, the analogy of an election in which voters are asked either to cherry-pick several representatives from an arbitrary collection of candidates or vote at one stroke for a vetted political party. The outcome of that election is pretty easy to predict.

I appreciate that the compromise was given a lot of careful thought and was put together with the active participation of the ward 2 neighbourhood associations, but the way it was presented to voters made it all but a foregone conclusion and IMHO somewhat undercut the democratic spirit of the budget vote.

My suggestion for next year is to consider refraining from preselecting a slate and just letting voters individually decide which projects to fund. It would be interesting to see what gets funded if people are not being directed.

Comment edited by administrator Ryan on 2013-09-06 11:38:25

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