Question 4: Term Limits for Council Members

A number of people have asked me about my campaign platform item of “2 term limit for mayor and councillors”They seem to  have a concern that we may lose good councillors by not permitting them to  run for more than 2 terms. While that may  be a possibility, it would also prevent dead wood from accumulating on council. My response is that a good person could be elected as a councillor for 2 terms  and then as mayor for 2 terms.  A person should not be a professional politician. Rather he/she should take 2 terms out of their career at the mid point or in retirement spend 2 terms on council. This is of the “civic duty” approach.

A few quotes on this subject. “Long tenures have made some in council a little too comfortable and allowed accountability to  fall to  the wayside“. D. Bascaramurty Globe & Mail 16 Aug 14

A case of continually re-elected incumbents and a disengaged electorate have created the perfect setting for oversight to fall through the cracks“. Author unknown.

Both of the above are likely applicable to  Guelph council.

The need for to vote for change is exemplified by 2 quotes from Albert Einstein ” Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” and “Only 2 things are infinite, the universe and stupidity, and I’m not to  sure about the former“.

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