Today, voters across Ontario will be heading to the polls.
In 2018, Ontarians will elect city council members and school trustees across the province. Everyone who puts their name forward as a candidate and who casts a ballot makes a difference in their community.
Why is it important to vote?
- The right to vote is a fundamental democratic right that is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is the cornerstone of democracy.
- When we vote, we choose the representatives who will make the laws and policies that govern how we live together.
- The legitimacy of a government lies in the fact that it is elected.
- While democracy involves much more than holding elections every four years, voting is a powerful way to send a message to governments and politicians. The more votes, the more powerful the message is. Every vote counts.
- Compared to other forms of political participation, voting does not require a lot of time or effort – in other words, it is one of the easiest ways to have a say in how your society is governed.
Municipal government has a great impact on our day-to-day lives. City planning, public transit, parks and recreation facilities, economic development, roads, property taxes, fire services, municipal by-law and property adjustments are responsibilities of local council. Our local school boards manage our elementary and secondary education programs. All these responsibilities have a strong impact on our daily lives.
The GTA faces many challenges moving forward. Take the time over the next few weeks to learn about the candidates, ask questions and be sure to vote.