All of Saanich council lives within jurisdiction 
 
How on earth can someone live in one community, sit on the council of another municipality, run their affairs and decide how to spend a $300 million consolidated budget?
 
It’s a question that’s now being asked about the Victoria council – a by-election is set for Apr. 4 – where four of eight councillors now live outside the jurisdiction.  
 
“It feeds into the cynicism and bewilderment many taxpayers have about local politics and raises lots of questions about governance,” says Stan Bartlett, chair of Grumpy Taxpayer$ of Greater Victoria.
 
“What’s to prevent someone from Ganges, Metchosin or even Vancouver sitting on Victoria council?”  
 
As of January, Couns. Marianne Alto and and Charlayne Thornton-Joe live in Saanich, Coun. Sharmarkie Dubow and most recently, Coun. Jeremy Loveday reside in Esquimalt, according to the 2020 annual financial disclosure statements of councillors. 
 
In municipal elections or by-elections, a residency requirement stipulates candidates must only be a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed. 
 
“If you don’t live in the City of Victoria community, how well do you know the residents and issues and priorities? If you haven’t contributed to the tax base, will you be less prudent with someone else’s tax dollars? If you live in another jurisdiction, why wouldn’t you run there? Do conflict of interest issues surface?”  asks Bartlett. 
 
So, do municipal boundaries matter?
 
It clearly does in Saanich, where the mayor and all of council reside within district boundaries, according to the 2020 annual financial disclosure statements and 
 
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2020 Municipal By-election, City of Victoria.
 
4 thoughts on “Non residents dominate Victoria council”
  1. I certainly didn’t realize we have councillors, who don’t live in Victoria deciding what and how to spend taxpayers $. How can this be changed?

    1. I suspect the best way would be to expose these facts often during elections in order to inform the voters. If the voters still vote for them, they deserve what they get.

  2. I suspect the best way would be to expose these facts often during elections in order to inform the voters. If the voters still vote for them, they deserve what they get.

  3. They can’t lose. ever since UVIC has been allowed to vote on Victoria elections they have had their leader in charge. What bike lanes vote for Allan Lowe or Fortin or Helps. Lisa says vote for Horgan we will get money for bike lanes and advanced education will get big bucks, sure enough he gave them big bucks.I was told by students on my doorstep we decide who gets in because of our size. read elections Canada just decide where you think of as home and vote. The voting station was put in because of a teacher that wanted to get more votes.This was confirmed by councilor Young. He told me name of instructor that wanted to get more votes but I forgot. Infrastructure has rotted since Alan Lowe started the road closures “except bikes” and lunacy lanes for emergency vehicles to be stalled in. No rust paint for bridges they fell into a bad state, swimming pool little if any maintenance and it is the same today. I have MS excuse my typing please

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