If you wonder why transit has been neglected and stressful traffic congestion exists in Toronto, you may also consider who is responsible. Catherine Porter of the Toronto Star makes some interesting observations:
While residents have constantly raised issues concerning the necessity for creating infrastructure together with the ongoing increasing high-rise density in Toronto, those who occupy City Hall have failed to deliver. Of the 44 City Councillors, 11 have been in office for more than 20 years, and the average time in office is 12 years, or three terms. How long has your Member of Parliament been holding municipal and provincial government office? This accounts for the stagnation, of which transit and traffic congestion is just one symptom.
Here are four good reasons why Toronto should have Two Term Limits for City Councillors:
1. When constrained by term limits, the focus of elected representatives will be on public service and getting the job done for their constituents, rather than being distracted by activities focused on setting up a life-long career.
2. Power is highly intoxicating and should not be left in the hands of specific individuals for too long.
3. Power is best used when it changes hands over time in order to allow for dynamic new solutions to emerge in a changing world.
4. Without term limits, the temptation is for people to remain in office long after they have accomplished all the legislative good of which they are capable.
There are more than 1.2 million people in Toronto over the age of 25, who are educated and hold a high-school certificate; college or apprenticeship diploma; or university certificate, diploma or degree. No City Councillor is irreplaceable.