The Results of the Referendum Should Count
No Matter What The Voter Turnout
  

Date:                     September 20, 2014

To:                        Media

From:                    Robert Kirwan
                             Candidate for Councillor of Ward 5

Re:                         The Results of the Referendum Should Count No Matter What The Voter Turnout

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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 closed.

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 majority decision.

Therefore, if 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.

So regardless 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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