Residency should rule in municipal elections

Candidates in civic elections should live in the municipality for which they're running

Now that the municipal elections are over and the results are in, let me raise one point in the aftermath.

Talking to hundreds of voters in many of the Saanich Peninsula communities, it was surprising to learn that 99-plus per cent of them appeared unaware that it is allowable to run for office in one municipality while living and paying taxes in another.

Regardless of how one feels about voting for someone to determine your property taxes and local amenities and who is unaffected by such decisions, it is bothersome so few realize the only criteria to run for municipal office are citizenship and six months’ residency in the province. My moral compass suggests a residence requirement should be mandatory if you expect folks to elect you to govern them.

John Fryer

Oak Bay

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