Are you allowed to vote?

This election in Ajax is still a mountain of boring! Are we going to have an acclamation for Mayor??

Voter turnout is very low and we have people that live in this Town and hand over their taxes for services but can not vote. At the Municipal level there are far more services used on a daily basis and these Citizens(technically Residents) have no voice.

Is this fair ? Why couldn’t a new resident be allowed to vote - in the Municipal level after residing in Canada for a set criteria of time ? I was talking with someone about this issue and I agree.

There are other people that think this way also. What do you think? Ajax is a very diverse community and perhaps the face of our council would be different with more participants in the democratic system, at the Municipal Level.

Perhaps all new residents should withhold their taxes and user fees they pay , then the Municipal sector can feel the impact.

What do you think?

3 Responses to “Are you allowed to vote?”

  1. Marsha Dooley Says:

    I agree, I personally feel that at the municipal level the tax payer should be allowed to vote, it is the direct link to the services provided. Voting is only way a tax payer can make changes or demonstrate their dissatisfaction. While canvassing I’ve met seniors that have been here for decades, faithfully pay their taxes but have no say! At the municipal level the votes should be those on the tax roll.
    Marsha Dooley - Ward 3 Councillor Nominee

    Karem: I wonder why they never pursued citizenship?

  2. Marsha Dooley Says:

    2010 Municipal Election Information
    Voting day is Monday, October 25, 2010
    The advance voting period has been set. Don’t wait until voting day, visit either the McLean Community Centre or the Ajax Community Centre on the following dates in order to cast your ballot!
    October 9 & 10 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    October 14 & 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    October 16 & 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    October 18 & 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  3. Adrian Lambert Says:

    I have to disagree with the concept of any non Canadian Citizen casting a ballot in any election - municipal, provincial or federal. Currently you must be a Canadian Citizen to have the right to vote at any of these levels. That is one of the rewards of citizenship. There are many people who come to this country for any variety of reasons but it is usually to improve their lot in life for themselves or their children. One of the rewards of citizenship is to have the right to vote and a say in how government is run and their tax dollars are spent. If individuals wish to have a say in the process, go and become a citizen. It is not hard to do and the waiting period is short- I believe 3 years.

    So for 3 years they have no say at all? If someone lived in Canada and moved to Ajax in their second year of being in Canada and a first year in Ajax , they purchase a house they pay taxes they use services , you want them to wait another 3 years to vote if they arrived in an election year.
    I respect your opinion but I don’t agree. I think engaging new Canadians sets the path for more engagement towards citizenship. Perhaps the province should be brave and do a pilot in some Municipalties with higher immigration settlement activity. I think people should open their minds. Engagement could be a stepped approach, you are perhaps thinking if a new resident can vote municipally they would want to run also. Running for office can still be reserved for Citizens, it does not have to be all or nothing approach. Why shouldn’t a non citzen be able to say “I am a taxpayer” and have it mean the same thing? This will be a question on the candidates questionaire , if you can’t vote for a Mayor why should you pay for the town’s taxes and services ? We accept tax dollars from someone the minute they land here. Why doesn’t revenue Canada and other levels of government wait until you are a citizen to pick your pocket? Can a new resident file a sales tax form to get some rebate back like tourists can ? With voter turnout the rates they are , citizens that are born here don’t care , maybe we need to get the new people to care faster!

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