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Taxpayers Encouraged to Make Candidates Sign Contract

September 16, 2010 7:09 AM | News

By Brian Schultz

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) wants municipal election candidates to sign on the dotted line to be held accountable to their constituents.

A new voter’s contract has been unveiled by CTF that voters can print off in preparation for candidates knocking on their door. The contract includes room to initial things a candidate would and wouldn’t do.

“When you vote for a candidate you’re essentially hiring them for a job,” said CTF Prairie Director Colin Craig. “The contract requires candidates to put their signature beside initiatives they would pursue before simply hiking property taxes.”

“If candidates know they’ve made a commitment in writing to voters across their ward, it makes it harder for them to break that promise if they’re elected.”

Two different versions of the contract can be downloaded from VotersContract.ca — one for Winnipeg voters and one for voters outside of Winnipeg.

Image credit: TaxPayer.com