We Vote North Shore story #5: 'Voting in local elections matters to me'

We Vote North Shore is a group of organizations that believe in citizen engagement, including the importance of voting in democratic elections and working to encourage non-partisan voter education and engagement.

The following is a series of personal voting stories leading up to the Oct. 20 municipal elections. To learn more and get involved, visit wevotens.ca.

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Voting story No. 5: Hugh MacAulay

“Voting in local elections matters to me. I’ve always encouraged others to vote. I have two brothers, and I always try to remind them, their spouses and my nieces and nephews to get out and vote. I try to get them interested in politics. Voting in municipal elections is especially important. I have really benefited from cycling infrastructure and I want to support politicians who support those initiatives. Municipal governments not only focus on infrastructure and housing affordability issues, they also impact bigger issues such as environmental protection and indigenous reconciliation. I think it’s a crying shame that voter turnout is low. If more people voted, we could really have an impact, and those who do step up have a big influence because so few people vote.”


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