It seems that at least a few City Councilors want to add a referendum question on the ballot in next year’s election to ask if the City should continue to add flouride to our drinking water .
Even though this is a contentious subject to some, I don’t get the sense that there’s any great hue and cry to address this issue; it’s curious that some Councilors would pick this issue as a referendum question.
In fact, based on our conversations on CHML, I can think of a number of topics that voters would like to see on a ballot.
Why can’t we have referendum questions about LRT, for instance, or a casino, or how about asking if we’d like to see term limits for Hamilton City Councilors ?
I think Hamilton voters would love to weigh in on those issues , yet Councilors are always dismissive when the ‘R’ word is used in relation to those hot button issues.
That’s the thing about referendum questions; I’m not so sure that it’s the shining example of true democracy or simply a way for Councilors to manipulate public opinion .
As long as Councilors control what questions can be included, how those questions will be phrased and how the results will be interpreted, it’s a hollow process.
Maybe we should hold a referendum about holding referendums !