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By FenceSitter (anonymous) | Posted April 23, 2009 at 22:08:19

I do not have any stats to back me up here but I imagine the poorer neighbourhoods in the downtown wards have a lower voter turnout than the more affluent southern ends of the wards. A councillor (or MPP or MP in their ridings) has a lot less to lose if an area does not contribute as many votes.

Not saying people are stupid or lazy down there, but here are a few observations.

Does the north end have a more transient nature ? Many disenchanted voters have simply left by the time the next election comes around.

Higher immigrant numbers? To vote, you need to be a citizen. 1100 days minimum (3 years) in canada plus 18 months average for the application to be processed. You can organise and protest all you want, but a lot of people cannot vote.

The industrial north spans several wards, plus lets face it, it is zoned heavy industrial in many areas. Not a lot going your way in a fight.

I am not saying politicians do not care, (I will not even get into political campaign funding), but they know their numbers.

Sorry A. Smith, too lazy to check out the links right now. But you may have a point. Perhaps we need to set solid poverty reduction targets and use the government resources in different ways.

Sorry for long comment. I cannot even remember what the post was that started all this!!!

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