A new municipal political party is being formed in Toronto. The Toronto Party plans to recruit and run candidates in all Toronto wards for the 2010 election.
Sound familiar? Hamilton's Community Action Network was formed last year with the same purpose – to create a city-wide vision and find candidates to support it.
A Royston James article in today's Toronto Star highlights the difficulties municipalities have following a common vision. He cites the current ward based system as the root of the problem, complaining:
James advocates a municipal political party system. This is similar to the approach taken in the UK and I have to say I have my doubts about adding more bureaucracy and secrecy into our municipal governance structure. I prefer the model CAN has touted, that of SPUR and COPE, where citizen/council partnerships are formed and a common vision is crafted.
One thing's for sure: if the mundane elections in Hamilton and Toronto are anything to go by, come November 14th something will have to change.
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