Comment 32897

By JonC (registered) | Posted August 18, 2009 at 16:30:10

"extend the vote to tax-paying corporations"

I was going to suggest that as a joke. I can't believe how off the wall some councillors are. Why not give them one vote per employee or one vote per $x in taxes generated?

Lobbyists for corporations would probably fight that legislation tooth and nail since they'd be forced to vote (one of the candidates has to better than others and not supporting them would violate their corporate responsibilities). Then they'd be forced to disclose why they chose one candidate over another to shareholders. The ideal situation for corporations is a two party system where you can afford to influence both sides (see America). Ryan nails it here "Ferguson doesn't support the sprawl industry because he gets donations - it's the other way around. He gets donations (and can run a successful campaign) because he supports the sprawl industry".

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