Comment 35438

By John Neary (registered) | Posted November 13, 2009 at 16:13:12

Suburban >> "The Mayor who represents everybody in ALL wards voted in favour of the increase. Therefore, the only one who has no urban/suburban axe to grind supported the increase!"

Well, if the mayor's opinion is the only one that matters, we could make him an elected dictator and do away with the rest of city council.

But since our system of government gives the mayor's vote equal weight to that of each councillor, suppose we said for the sake of argument that the mayor represented one-sixteenth of the voters in each ward (since there are sixteen members of council.)

In that case, the members of council who voted against the increase represent 271,670 people, whereas those who voted for it represent 217,787 people. Still not very close.

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