Councillor Barinder Rasode’s departure from Surrey First raises questions about the very existence of political parties at the civic level. Should they be discouraged, banned, or even punished by voters? Are they bad for democracy?
Media coverage so far has focused on the internal friction and speculation on possible political power games and strategies at play.
But we should really be asking this: Why does Surrey First exist at all? For that matter, why do Vision Vancouver, the Non-Partisan Association, COPE, and the Burnaby Citizens Association exist? Why do some municipalities even have political parties?
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