The Squamish municipal election is coming up on October 20th 2018. Here's what you need to do:
1. Get informed
Who are your candidates? What are their values? Can they collaborate with others? Do they understand how council works? This is a critical time for Squamish, with big decisions ahead for Woodfibre LNG, Garibaldi at Squamish, and the Cheema lands (Lot 509/510). Who we elect to council will have major repercussions for the future of Squamish, so make sure you vote wisely.
To help, we've put together a helpful page that lists all of the candidates, with links to their websites, facebook pages, interviews, questionnaires, and more.
We're compiling the videos from the all-candidates debates on the Environment, Recreation, and Business in one place, as they become available. Each of these videos reveals who the candidates are, whether they understand policy (or not!), and their position on major projects.
In the last municipal election in 2014, only 49.55% of Squamish voters turned out to vote. That means over half of eligible voters in Squamish just shrugged their shoulders and said "Meh." The people we elect to council in 2018 will be making key decisions on the future of Squamish, such as negotiating the tax rate for Woodfibre LNG (IF it goes ahead... and we're still determined to stop it!), deciding whether or not we allow a huge tourist resort to be developed on Garibaldi with 6,000 to 22,000 beds, and how soon Bob Cheema can develop his lands at the end of Perth Drive. All of these issues and more will be decided by seven people that you elect. Your vote is very important. Put these dates in your calendar:
General voting day
8am to 8pm on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at Brennan Park Recreation Centre, 1009 Centennial Way, Squamish.
Special Voting Opportunities are available for patients, live-in residents and staff admitted, living or working on that day at:
- 9am to 11am at Squamish General Hospital, 38140 Behrner Drive, Squamish
- 9am to 11am at Hilltop House, 38146 Behrner Drive, Squamish
- 1pm to 2pm at Shannon Falls Retirement Residence, 38225 Third Avenue, Squamish
Advance voting opportunities
8am to 8pm on Wednesday, October 10th at The 55 Activity Centre, 1201 Village Green Way
8am to 8pm on Saturday, October 13th at Brennan Park Recreation Centre, 1009 Centennial Way
9am to 6pm on Monday, October 15th at The 55 Activity Centre, 1201 Village Green Way
9am to 6pm Wednesday, October 17th at The 55 Activity Centre, 1201 Village Green Way
Request a mail ballot package
You can vote by mail if you:
- Have a physical disability, illness, or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity, OR
- Expect to be absent from the District of Squamish on General Voting Day (October 20) and at the times of all Advance Voting opportunities (October 10, 13, 15, 17).