If you think you're tired of hearing about elections or voting or civic engagment...read this. If the jawdropping gobsmacking mess the Fords are making of Toronto (and why do they get to have two mayors? Anyone?) isn't enough to smarten up voters, read this long view from Hamilton lawyer Herman Turkstra.
It applies to every municipality, every city, every country, in the world. All of us.
We are turning over the most important decisions in modern times to one- hit wonders, pinheads and fools. Politicians are more concerned with getting elected than with serving, and voters have forced them to be that way. We are rewarding mediocrity, and condemning those with the brass to take a long view (and hence risk the next election) and do the right thing.
Canada is at a crossroads, about to be hugely impacted by global shifts and more importantly, that rumbling elephant to the south. We have changed the world with our consumer habits and demands; how much are we willing to pay?
We are facing many 'once in 100 years' decisions.
We really need to be paying better attention.