Posted by: Ian Bruk | July 26, 2006

Canada’s Municipal Governments favouring Businesses over Citizens?

I highly recommend listening to today’s CBC Radio’s The Current. The story is about Joanna Chapman of Hamilton, Ontario and her dealings, as the show notes describe, with her Municipal Government:

When city council declined to look into her allegations, she pursued the investigation herself. Her sleuthing eventually resulted in Mayor Di Ianni being charged with 41 violations of the Municipal Elections Act.

Listening to Mz. Chapman you get a sense that citizens have to demand easier access to information and the ability to more easily question their governments.

In case you think this is a one off. Keep listening to the end of the program where, again from the show notes:

To discuss whether Hamilton’s problems represent a microcosm of what goes on in Canadian municipal politics we were joined by Robert MacDermid. He’s a political scientist at York University in Toronto, and the author of a recent paper on campaign finances in the 2003 Ontario municipal elections.

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