“Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.”
We revive this quote again today as food for thought. Vancouver has steadily stretched out the terms of office for City Council. Years ago it was two years, then three, and now four. This reduces democracy and makes our elected officials less accountable to the public. A shift back to three years might not be a bad thing. Or how about electing half of Council every two years?
How did it come about that politicians gave themselves an extra year in power. (Incumbent mayor Gregor Robertson asked the Provincial government to increase the term to four years starting with the 2014 election. And got it, allowing him to survive in office til 2018.) The origins of this push for the increased are still murky. See our post: Whodunnit mystery of abrupt shift to four-year civic election cycles in BC: LMLGA knows who started it.(24-Sept-2014)