Heads up to the civic minded citizens of Haida Gwaii. This fall there are many opportunities to get involved in various levels of government on the islands.
Not only will municipal elections be held in Masset, Port Clements and the province’s newest village-Queen Charlotte-, but the school district trustee positions are up for grabs and regional district directors’ jobs too.
If you have ever considered running for public office, start thinking harder. Nominations for candidates wishing to run the school district, regional district and the municipal elections must be received between October 4 and 14 at municipal and regional district offices.
Qualifications for each position are available at municipal and regional district offices too, but we wanted to dispel at least one of the myths we’ve heard through the grapevine.
You don’t need to live in a municipality in order to run for mayor and/or council in that municipality. Anyone can run, even someone who doesn’t live on the islands. It is up to the voter to decide. Which reminds us, that registering to vote in the upcoming elections is also important.
Here is an abbreviated example of what is expected of those who wish to run for one of these honoured positions.
Regional district directors meet ten times on the mainland and one time on the islands. Remuneration is $7,400 a year, plus $150 for every meeting attended. Travel expenses are also paid by the district. Municipalities can set their own payment schedule. Masset, for exampple, pays its mayor $6,400 per year, which councillors receive $3,600.
The Council of the Haida Nation’s next election date will be determined at the next house of assembly meeting which takes place from October 11 to 14.
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