Letters to the Editor

Ward vote carries weight

Citizens of the City of Surrey must draw their attention to an important issue, which has not received the attention it deserves: A vote on the need for a ward system.

Here are some points on why the ward system is effective:

1. Your vote carries more weight.

2. The ward system gives a diversity of opinion on council.

3. Election debates are more workable than an at-large system.

4. Federal and provincial elections are all based on the ward system.

5. In a city of more than 400,000 people, it simply makes sense to have city politicians take responsibility for neighbourhood problems through a ward system.

6. It would be cost effective for candidates to run campaigns.

7. In ward elections, candidates can personally visit and speak to the households they are going to represent.

8. The ward system prevents the undesirable possibility of having all councillors from the same area of the town.

9. The at-large system gives an unfair advantage to wealthy candidates.

10.The ward system means smaller ballot paper.

11.The ward system means every area of the city gets equal representation.

12. The ward system encourages face-to-face interaction between candidates and voters.

13. The ward system means less influence from special interest groups.

14. Councillors will be more familiar with the neighbourhood problems of their wards.

Local government has a big impact on our day-to-day lives. If you want a council where the interests of the entire city are represented and councillors are more easily called to account for their actions or neglect, then the ward system can better achieve both objectives.

If you support the ward system, please write or email your views to the city of Surrey mayor and councillors. Contact information can be found at www.surrey.ca


Jasvinder Singh Badesha, Surrey

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