EDITORIAL: Civic elections need diversity

Diversity creates a broader perspective in our political system

Civic candidates are coming forward for our consideration.

In some ways, the race is already on, leading up to the municipal election Nov. 15.

On that date, Victoria and Esquimalt residents will be entrusted to elect a mayor, city councillors and school trustees who will represent us for the next four years.

Some people have indicated their intentions; many have yet to go public.

Candidates can’t formally declare until the end of the month, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. and they have another 10 days after that (Oct. 10) before the deadline to hand in nomination packages.

We hope, most of all, that there will be strong candidates, but we hope also that there will be a variety of candidates.

At the moment, five of Victoria’s nine city council members are women, three out of seven on Esquimalt council, and seven out of nine on the Greater Victoria school district.

Beyond gender, there can be a place at the council table for candidates of any age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, social standing or political leaning.

Rather than categorize and divide us, these diversities can create a broader perspective.

Compromise and co-operation are a part of democracy.

Of course we realize that counting councillors by gender – or any classification – is an oversimplification.

Candidates will be judged on their merit, their character, their priorities and promises, their strength and smarts, their motivation, their intentions.

We hope that this fall, voters will have the chance to elect just the sort of representatives we’re looking for, both men and women.

 

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP block entrance to Goldstream Park, evicting all campers by morning

Roving tent city moved to provincial park yesterday, advocates say homeless unfairly targeted

Choir study shows people with dementia can learn new songs

Volunteers need for Alzheimer’s helpline, World Alzheimer’s Day is Sept. 21

Victoria’s ‘Penny Girl’ to tell story of gender transition in new documentary

Frankie Edroff will write film, Empress Avenue Media to direct, produce project funded by Telus Storyhive

Four Greater Victoria mayors to be acclaimed in fall election

No election in District of Highlands with six council candidates up for six seats

United Way asks Victoria to share local love

2018 campaign aims to raise another $5M

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Supporters of B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist pack courtoom

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Most Read