Editorial: What lies ahead

The year 2018 will provide us with ample opportunities to exercise our right to vote. The provincial (June 7) and municipal/school board elections (October 22) for the next four years or so will be held this year. But don’t let the dates set for several months ahead fool you into a sense of procrastination.

If you have been chatting over a hot beverage at your local coffee shop about how anyone, other than the people that are currently in elected office, would know how to spend your money, then now is the time to consider standing for nomination and election to office or rolling up your sleeves to help someone new get elected.

There are many clichés associated with elections and governing including, but not limited to, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease,” “politics makes strange bedfellows,” and “there is only one taxpayer.” So now is the time to research how to become involved in the coming provincial and municipal elections. It takes a wee bit of money to file your papers to run for elected office, but the main cost to you and your family will be the time to plan, strategize, campaign, and if you are elected, attend committee and council/legislature or school board meetings.

Your local taxes go to the municipality, county council and the school board you support. There really is only one taxpayer and it is you and me. So if you have any inclination to affect change and make things run better, now is your chance to put your proverbial election hat into the ring.

If one wants to have the biggest say in improving things, one should consider local government or the school board. These two bodies spend massive amounts of your tax dollars on services that affect all of us almost daily. Our local education taxes build and maintain schools, pay teachers to educate a most precious resource – our young people. Your local/county taxes fund police, ambulance and fire services. They also fund the operation of our landfills, collection of garbage, build and plow our local roads, guide how our communities will grow (or not) and provide safe drinking water.

Your provincial taxes enable that level of government to assist with the provision of a myriad of services as well, including health care, construction and maintenance of provincial highways, operation of our justice system and funding of arts/culture and so on.

A quick read of the “2017 Year in Review” will show that there are many ongoing issues that impact us all locally. We need the attention of ambitious, team-oriented local and provincial politicians who have a motto similar to “Get it, Do it – Done!”

We deserve the government we get. Get involved!

DT