Saturday, August 08, 2015

Democracy Alive and Well in Nanaimo ??


DEMOCRACY: (ACCORDING TO MERRIAM WEBSTER)

Full Definition of DEMOCRACY

1
a :  government by the people; especially :  rule of the majority
b :  a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held freeelections
2
:  a political unit that has a democratic government
3
capitalized :  the principles and policies of the Democratic party in the United States <from emancipation Republicanism to New Deal Democracy — C. M. Roberts>
4
:  the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority
5
:  the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges

IS NANAIMO CIVIC GOVERNANCE DEMOCRATIC?
Or is the will of the majority being subverted?

You may recall that last year city manager Mr. Swabey gave his opinion of how democracy is to function:

"There's a big push for representative democracy in some way and I really think that is not the way to go, democracy is you are elected to make decisions and debate among yourselves the crowd is there to witness how democracy is working, not to be part of it."

Not just a few Nanaimo residents have been witnessing how democracy is working in Nanaimo, and a growing number are questioning what is going on at city hall with this new council. 


Specifically, on Feb. 2 a resolution of this council was not executed even though it was a resolution of council. Anyone who has been following the 'process' that has led to the current conclusion of the Colliery Dam Debacle takes little comfort in what is happening with democracy in the City of Nanaimo.








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