Maybe we shouldn’t vote in Nelson?

The recent abuse of democracy by our Conservative government got me thinking.

The recent abuse of democracy by our Conservative government got me thinking. No wonder fewer and fewer people bother to vote. Why trust our politicians with anything? What if none of us voted in the next election?

Let’s apply that to local politics. Now, I am certain that no one in Nelson city council, including our mayor, abused our electoral system in any way. Nevertheless, what if we all boycotted the polls in the next election? What would happen?

Our municipal taxes would still be collected and distributed to the various department by the city treasurer who is an unelected official. The public transit would still operate and all of the bus drivers would be on the job. The person in charge of public transit is an unelected official. Our streets and sewers would still be repaired and the snow would still be plowed as the person in that department is not elected. Traffic lines would still be painted on our roads. Schools would be open and operating, hopefully without a teacher-provincial government conflict. Our police and fire personnel will still be on duty. Our police and fire chiefs are unelected officials. Our garbage would still be collected. the city dump would remain open and operating. The library would remain open and functioning as would the local museums. Money would still be collected from the parking meters. Hydro personnel would still replace downed power lines during or after a storm. Our ambulance and hospital personnel would still be working.

So, where is the fallout if we don’t vote?

If, in the future, I have a mental lapse and decide to run for city council, please, please, do not vote for me.

Bob Abrahams



Just Posted

Playmor Junction daycare expansion faces opposition

Neighbours upset with rezoning application, citing traffic, noise and concerns about future uses

Foster care is ‘superhighway to homelessness,’ youth advocate tells Nelson audience

Katherine McParland grew up in foster care and lived on the streets

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Pacific Insight to lay off part of workforce

The company says it is transferring automotive production to its Mexico facility

Black belt tests on this week at Kootenay Martial Arts

Grandmaster Brenda Sell returns to assist in testing

VIDEO: Candidates at Nelson election forum

Mayoral candidates joined 18 council candidates for an evening of very short answers

Two B.C. cannabis dispensaries raided on legalization day

Port Alberni dispensaries ticketed for “unlawful sale” of cannabis

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

B.C. woman looks to reduce stigma surrounding weed-smoking moms

Shannon Chiarenza, a Vancouver mom of two, started to act as a guide for newcomers to legal cannabis, specifically mothers

B.C. teen gives away tickets to Ellen Degeneres show, plans O Canada welcome

The Grade 9 student wanted to give away tickets in the spirit of inclusivity

Canada’s top general takes aim at new reports of military sexual assault

Gen. Jonathan Vance is unhappy some troops continue to ignore his order to cease all sexual misconduct

Ignoring climate change poses potential catastrophe for B.C.

Fisheries scientist says ‘extraordinary challenges’ in water management lie ahead

B.C. grow ops left in legal weeds post-legalization

“I think people are going to get a big surprise that it’s not going to change things much.”

Most Read