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Municipal democracy: What is it good for?

The official start of Quebec’s municipal elections for 2021 was Sept. 17, but the actual race began on Oct. 1 after the Sept. 30 deadline for nominations. By that first day, more than 50 per cent of all mayors won by acclamation, meaning they ran unopposed and were elected by default. Thousands of councillors took seats across Quebec with absolutely no competition.

A lack of democratic competition isn’t the only problem; voter turnout for municipal elections across Quebec is abysmal compared to provincial and federal elections, consistently landing below 50 per cent turnout. Unfortunately, there is no reason to expect this election to be any different.

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