A new report from an advocacy group ranks Windsor, Ont. Near last in the health of our democracy.
Rankings come from Unlock Democracy Canada and Armstrong Strategy Group.
Ontario’s Municipal Democracy Index 2021 ranked municipalities based on voter turnout, gender balance on council, racial diversity and “user design experience”, which refers to inclusiveness in municipal democracy .
Dave Meslin, creative chair of the Democratic Reform Group, said Windsor was third from the bottom of his list of Ontario’s 32 municipalities.
“Windsor ranked very low overall on Democratic Health. I mean, to be fair, all of the cities ranked pretty low,” he told CBC radio. Windsor Morning Wednesday.
Windsor was fairly average on voter turnout, but lost points on gender balance on city council, Meslin said.
Windsor tied for the second lowest ratio of men to women on council among all cities. Only one in 10 municipal councilors, Jo-Anne Gignac, is a woman.
Rather than interpreting the results as just bad news, Meslin said it was an invitation to city council and citizens to look for ways to improve the situation.
“If you went to the doctor tomorrow and got the wrong diagnosis, you wouldn’t just shrug your shoulders and say, ‘well, that sucks. “You would say, ‘Okay doctor, what should I do, is there any medicine I need, is there any treatment I need?'”, A- he declared.
“So Windsor is on the verge of democratic cardiac arrest, and I think they should be looking for cures right away.”
Chatham-Kent took seventh place thanks in part to a relatively high turnout, while London was the number one city in southwestern Ontario, in fourth place.
Peterborough, Whitby and Clarington were the top three cities on the global list.
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