Talk­ing the talk and walk­ing the walk

Ian's Ru­ral Ram­blings

The McLeod River Post - - Points of View - Ian McInnes

Oc­to­ber 16, 2017 is a day of days. Well, for some any­way. It’s the Al­berta Mu­nic­i­pal Elec­tion folks and time to choose your lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the next four years. How many times have I heard and read peo­ple grip­ing about town and county coun­cils, coun­cil­lors and may­ors? More times than I care to re­mem­ber. How­ever, as they say, there’s a rem­edy for that. It’s called vot­ing. In 2013 many mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties strug­gled with get­ting high 30 per cent voter turnout. It’s high time that changed. The right to vote has been fought for and hard won over the years.

Could we make vot­ing eas­ier? Yes, we can. We have the tech­nol­ogy al­though the cynic in me nags that there are some in the higher ech­e­lons of power in most if not all the ma­jor par­ties that would feel very un­com­fort­able if voter turnout was a lot closer to 100 per cent than it is now. In Aus­tralia vot­ing is the law. I can’t see much wrong with that.

So, over the next month or so we can ex­pect lots of signs, leaflets, emails, so­cial me­dia en­gage­ment and maybe even a knock at the door from elec­tion hope­fuls and in­cum­bents. Some mem­bers of ad­min­is­tra­tions, for their own rea­sons will not run, oth­ers won’t want to run and oth­ers, sadly have passed away while in of­fice. For­mer ris­ing po­lit­i­cal stars will have peaked, some with­out recog­nis­ing it, oth­ers, de­clined and achieve­ments or not will be judged over time. And, re­fresh­ingly, there al­ways seems to be some­one will­ing to en­ter the po­lit­i­cal arena with fresh en­thu­si­asm and ideas. Long may it re­main so

Dur­ing the cam­paign there will be much, “talk the talk.” How much, “walk the walk,” will be de­liv­ered is de­bat­able. Mu­nic­i­pal­ity po­lit­i­cal vet­er­ans will know that there is a gulf of dif­fer­ence be­tween want­ing some­thing done and ac­tu­ally get­ting it done. The jour­ney to the,” get her done,” goal is a lot more in­volved than the con­cept. Some­times, as a gentle­man south of the bor­der is find­ing, even with the power, get­ting what you want, when you want it or at all is very dif­fi­cult in­deed.

For the com­mu­nity if there is ever a time to lobby your coun­cil­lor, mayor or can­di­dates it is now. They’re likely to lis­ten. Once they’re in and de­cide that maybe that’s not a good idea or maybe that’s a good idea but is not prac­ti­cally pos­si­ble is an­other mat­ter. Will they or can they, “walk the walk,”for you?

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