EDITORIAL – A random idea for putting candidates’ names on ballots

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

A FEW YEARS AGO I suggested that Kamloops City council cut its size from nine members to seven — six councillors and a mayor. Other cities have done it.

A smaller council would be cheaper to run and more efficient, I said. The only point of having a larger council is to have a couple of extra people taking up space at council meetings — sometimes not saying much — and attending public events.

The idea didn’t exactly take off. Cutting jobs isn’t a popular idea, especially when it’s your own.

Well, here’s another idea on the civic process that might be worth trying.

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