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Municipal Election Survey launched by One Cowichan

One Cowichan has launched a survey to measure  local opinion about a range of issues ahead of this fall's municipal elections.

"The result will be a Community Platform used to engage citizens and to assess candidates," says member Rosalie Sawrie's release.

"Politics is too important to be left just to politicians," added Lake Cowichan member Evelyn Hunter.

"Citizens have a lot of ideas and opinions that candidates need to be made aware of."

One Cowichan supporters will also be on doorsteps this fall encouraging folks to vote.

"Like the rest of B.C., Cowichan historically has a low municipal-voter turnout, with about a third of people voting," notes Sawrie.

"Local government is the closest level of government to us, making decisions that affect us everyday.

"We'll be talking to our neighbours and building a bandwagon that ends at the voting booth."

Survey questions were developed in consultation with neighbourhood teams One Cowichan has helped build during the past months in anticipation of a possible HST-style citizens' initiative about the proposed Enbridge pipeline.

"The questions cover the gamut, from land use to taxes to municipal waste – and yes, energy debates," she says.

The survey will be open until Sept. 17. The intention is to release the Community Platform around Oct. 1.

A questionnaire based on the Platform will then be sent to candidates. The survey can be found at www.onecowichan.ca.

For more, contact 250-701-3134, or visit onecowichan@gmail.com.

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