0902 - Now that the formal start of the election campaign is just around the corner, we should begin to see the front runners and the also rans.
Sure, on election morning, before the first ballots are cast, everyone is in first place. By the
time the polls close we’ll have eight councillors and a mayor to lead Nanaimo’s future for the next four years. Those who did not make the cut will still be part of the historic record of the city of Nanaimo. Their names will always be on the official
record as having been a candidate for city council.
Even now, less than two months before voting day, the wheat is separating from the chaff.
This election is about making a major change at city hall, some of the candidates are realists and some
Housing has been in the focus for a number of candidates, but sadly they are ill informed, not being up to snuff on the facts. Some candidates, in fact, were early cheerleaders for the anti-housing group in Chase River who costs our community
$7 million in provincial government funding for housing. Some of those candidates are now vowing to make sure they get housing for everyone in the illegal downtown squat, infested with criminal elements and political instigators.
Some candidates are
making promises – isn’t that what candidates do? but they appear out of touch with reality, having no idea where the money for their grandiose ideas would come from. The thing to keep in mind with those promises is that the candidates don’t
have to pay for them, it will be us, the taxpayers.
Those are the points of which we have to be extremely careful. Are the candidates’ promises realistic, do they have any idea what they are promising? Nanainonet.com has published the profiles
and/or platforms for all the candidates, so please avail yourself of this information. Start studying carefully what the candidates have put on the table. If they haven’t done their homework to become candidates, what assurances can we have they will
do the necessary work, if they are elected?
Voters have an important role in this as well, do your research about the candidates. Having a nice-sounding name or a good looking photo does not necessarily make a good councillor. Look at the track record
of each candidate. If you are unsure, call them and talk to them.
The focus cannot be on the disastrous present council, most of them will likely be gone. (There’s a reason the windshield is much larger than the rear view mirror – Nanaimo’s
citizens have to look at what lies ahead, what each of those candidates will do for you and our community to deserve your support.
When making their choices, voter must also remember, you can vote for as few as you want. If there are only two or three
you like, don’t fill your ballot by giving support to those who don’t convince you they are right for the job.