With the municipal election looming, residents across the Cariboo region are gearing up to go to the polls and vote.
As British Columbia’s municipal affairs minister, I’ve met with hundreds of mayors, councillors, regional district electoral area directors, school board trustees, local community commissioners and park board commissioners.
Each of these positions play an important part in our day-to-day lives.
The municipal election is your opportunity as citizens to shape the direction of your community by choosing its leaders for the next four years.
That is why it is so important for voters of all ages to be informed and to take the time to cast a ballot.
If you are unable to vote on Election Day this Saturday, you can go and vote today — Nov. 12 — at city hall until 8 p.m.
To find out more information on voting times, locations and candidate information you can visit www.WilliamsLake.ca, and for the Cariboo Regional District www.CaribooRD.bc.ca.
We’re fortunate to live in a country where open and free elections are a right.
Your democratic voices need to be heard and it only takes a few minutes. There could be several tight races here in the Cariboo, and every vote counts.
By marking your ballot, you are shaping your future — instead of letting others do this for you.
So get out and vote!
Coralee Oakes is the MLA for Cariboo North and is the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.