A new report says Canadians don’t pay enough attention to their municipal politics.
The report tracked the careers of 910 councillors and mayors in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, since their incorporation, and found very little turnover, and lengthy council careers were the norm.
Professor Anthony Sayers, co-author of the report, tells the 630CHED Afternoon News, often, the people voting don’t really know much about their city council.
“Because there’s not much information in the news, and I don’t really know much about my councillor, I may know nothing… so they just say, ‘well, there’s been no crises, my councillor seems like a nice person, I’ll just vote them back in,'” Sayers explained. “The problem with that is, as you say, we don’t know if they’ve done a good job if we’re not watching.”
LISTEN: Professor Sayers speaks to J’Lyn Nye on the 630 CHED Afternoon News
He called this a failure of accountability.
Sayers added that this is at odds with provincial and federal politics, where, in Canada, as many as one-in-two seats change hands every election.