Diversity at the core of democracy

The importance of diversity cannot be overstated when it comes to making changes in our community.

The importance of diversity cannot be overstated when it comes to making changes in our community.

The creation of Red Deer First that consists of eight like-minded individuals running in the civic election creates an interesting choice for residents of Red Deer. Do we take the easy path and just check off eight names because they have the same platform or do we look at each individual and check off the names that will implement change that represents the diversity and vitality of Red Deer?

I believe in a Red Deer that is dynamic and embracing of new and different ideas. I believe the reason we have elections and the reason we have more than one position is to ensure everyone’s voice is heard.

If the city council is controlled by eight like-minded individuals, I believe Red Deer’s future will be limited to a narrow homogeneous view versus an heterogeneous view if run by councilors with diversity.

Debate is an important part of our free society; one should be able to have opposing ideas and still be able to implement change for the betterment of our society. Ideas need to be challenged and all angles looked at to ensure a positive change that represents all people of Red Deer.

Politics is about implementing change that reflects society as a whole and this is best done by electing people who represent all the people in Red Deer not by a city council that thinks in a homogeneous manner.

While I applaud Red Deer First for getting people’s attention and hopefully drawing more people out to vote, I myself will be voting for people who will offer all of Red Deer’s population a colourful, dynamic and diverse platform. This may include some members of Red Deer First, but definitely not all of them.

Pauline Pizzey

Red Deer

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The interchange at Highway 2 and McKenzie Road at the south end of Gasoline Alley is being redesigned with two roundabouts. Construction is expected to begin this month and finish in October. (Graphic from Red Deer County)
Roudabouts coming to McKenzie Road overpass at Gasoline Alley

Project expected to improve traffic flow at busy intersections

A federal strategy to preserve threatened trout could conflict with provincial coal leases in the Eastern Slopes of the Rockies. (Contributed photo by Jeff Lund).
Federal regulations could save Alberta’s bull trout by shutting down mining plans, says biologist

Ottawa’s new strategy identifies a 30-metre protected area along rivers and streams

(Contributed image)
Wolf Creek Public Schools will not participate in curriculum pilot

Central Alberta school jurisdiction joins others across Alberta

Jim Bullock, Vicki Pappas and Randy Waples off to Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Jim Bullock, Vicki Pappas and Randy Waples off to Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame

Canada's Evelyne Viens celebrates scoring against Wales during the women's international friendly soccer match at Leckwith Stadium, Wales, Friday April 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Potts/PA via AP
Canada capitalizes on England mistakes to win women’s soccer friendly 2-0

Canada capitalizes on England mistakes to win women’s soccer friendly 2-0

After weekend hiccup at men’s worlds, Grand Slams move into curling bubble

After weekend hiccup at men’s worlds, Grand Slams move into curling bubble

Erickson Gallardo of Canada's Toronto FC and his teammates celebrate after Andres Mosquera of Mexico's Leon scored an own goal during their Concacaf Champions League soccer match in Leon, Mexico, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRES/AP/Mario Armas
Toronto FC gets vaccine boost but injury list still an issue ahead of Leon rematch

Toronto FC gets vaccine boost but injury list still an issue ahead of Leon rematch

A Surete du Quebec police car is seen in Montreal on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Quebec man charged in partner’s death as domestic violence advocate sounds alarm

Quebec man charged in partner’s death as domestic violence advocate sounds alarm

The Canadian Forces flag flies outside office buildings in Ottawa, Tuesday March 9, 2021. The commander of Canada’s military police found himself under the microscope this afternoon as members of a parliamentary committee grilled him over how his officers deal with cases of sexual misconduct.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Top military police officer defends unit’s handling of sex misconduct cases

Top military police officer defends unit’s handling of sex misconduct cases

Children's backpacks and shoes are seen at a daycare, in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday May 29, 2018. nbsp; THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Liberals set to dive deeply into child care in April 19 federal budget

Liberals set to dive deeply into child care in April 19 federal budget

Indigenous leaders, experts urge Ottawa to quickly pass UNDRIP bill before election

Indigenous leaders, experts urge Ottawa to quickly pass UNDRIP bill before election

Most Read