Comment 88134

By Cameron Bailey (anonymous) | Posted April 23, 2013 at 23:56:35

Interesting...I would be in favour of that, even for citizens who just want to understand how city government works. Candidacy should be open to anyone, but I don't believe it shouldn't be considered as a job opportunity or a stepping stone to something else. Nor should it be a career. If we have seen anything in Hamilton, we have seen more than our share of career politicians and "celebrity" candidates who's only claim to the position is name recognition. Both of these groups have proven time and again to be out of touch with the citizens they represent. We'll never achieve something as dramatic as term limits, but something must be done to rid the city of the political entrenchment that breeds the mentality that keeping the job as councillor is the job of councillor.

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