A web site called RateYourCouncillor.com recently started up and it wants you to, you guessed it, rate your councillor.
While unclear who or what is behind the site, it allows you to pass judgment on your representatives at city hall based on three criteria: whether you would re-elect the councillor, the councillor’s responsiveness to constituents and the councillor’s communication with constituents. For the mayor, it substitutes the communication section for vision (in my opinion, both have a place on each politician’s report card).
Though the site states upfront that its results aren’t statistically valid and very few votes have been cast, at least one councillor is asking her constituents to take the opportunity to tell her what they really think in this seemingly anonymous forum. Councillor Shelley Carroll linked to RYC in a post on her Facebook wall dated June 9.
Thanks so much for supporting me all these years. There is a new website where you can rate city councillors. Please go to the attached link and let me know how I’m doing!”
At the moment, RYC allows you to rate Toronto and Vancouver municipal politicians. The site says that it will expand to include other cities in the future.
Photograph by myJon.