There are three questions that will be
put to the voters on October 27, 2014 as part of a Referendum.
In order for the Referendum to be
binding, a minimum of 50% of the eligible voters are required to
cast a vote on the question. The majority of that vote will
determine if retail business establishments are allowed to open
on December 26 if they so wish or if they will have to remain
Despite the turn-out, I feel that City
Council will have to decide on the questions early in the New
Year 2015 and make a decision once and for all. We cannot leave
these issues sitting on the back burner.
My position on
the Referendum is that regardless of the number of voters who
cast ballots, the Councillor of a Ward must abide by the
the majority of voters in Ward 5 vote against the questions,
then I will do nothing because that means the status quo will
continue. But if the majority of voters in Ward 5 vote in favour
of one or more of the questions, then I feel I am obligated to
introduce a motion to City Council to make the change. It is
understood that if the voter turn-out is over 50%, then the
referendum results will be mandatory. But if the voter turn-out
is less than 50% I still think it is my duty to be the "voice"
of my constituents and act according to their wishes.
of the voter turn-out, if there is a motion on the table at City
Council dealing with any or all of the referendum questions, I
will be voting in accordance with the results of the secret
ballot voting of Ward 5 only.
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