Saturday, April 11, 2009

Is more Government better Government?

Here is how the CRD compares in population and elected officials to some other places in Canada:

Victoria: 136 elected for 330,088 (as of 2006) estimated over 360,000 now

Toronto: 69 elected for over 2.5 million
Calgary: 22 elected for over one million
Winnipeg: 24 elected for 648,000
Vancouver: 27 elected for 580,000

It cannot be credibly argued that Greater Victoria needs/wants or benefits from such a high number of elected positions for our population. Good government is does not come simply from a lot of voices being "in charge". We need effective government for the region. This is accomplished by electing a reasonable number of people to consider the issues, the opinions and options, then make the best decisions for the area as a whole. It reminds me of the old adage, “too many cooks spoil the broth.”

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