The gauntlet has been thrown down: and either the mayor of Smithers or Tofino will sing about it.
Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach and Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne have challenged their communities to see who can increase voter turnout most during this November’s municipal election.
“The loser will have to compose a song about the other community being a bastion of democracy,” explained Bachrach.
The minstrel mayor will also have to perform their new composition with at least 20 people and chronicle the event with a video recording.
Both mayors are acclaimed in their communities. The approximate turnouts in the last municipal election for Smithers was 41 per cent, and 56 per cent for Tofino, a community of nearly 2,000 on the west coast of Vancouver Island.