A pricey election to get people to vote
The city of Montreal is determined to increase voter turnout for the coming municipal election, but that will involve more money out of the pockets of taxpayers.
The city says it is increasing the budget for the next municipal election by 25%. Spokesperson for the city Patricia Lowe says that amounts to about $17-million compared to $12-million in 2009.
The city says it is spending the extra cash in order to implement several new measures to increase voter turnout which in the past has been quite low.
Claire Joly is head of the Quebec Taxpayers' League. She says more money does not equal more voters.
"25% increase is a lot, and taxpayers are frustrated with everything that's been going on, that they don't need another increase."
The money will go towards, among other things, more advertising, longer voting hours, and extending the period for advance polling.