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    Cameron: A Year in Review (or at least a few rambling thoughts…)

    Our Yukon correspondent, Kirk Cameron, revisits his first year as a Whitehorse city councillor. With wry wit Cameron takes us back to the year that was in Yukon politics and expounds on the lessons learnt.
     
     
    [dropcap_1]W[/dropcap_1]ell, it’s been a little more than one year.  On December 1, 2011 I was elected to Whitehorse City Council at a by-election, and in October this past year the electorate returned me for a three year term.    It has been a most interesting year, not so much because of the range of issues that Council faced, but because of what I learned about governance at the municipal level.  Surprisingly, this new education has given me pause for thought about the other levels of government that influence the lives of northerners, indeed all Canadians.  Ultimately, where this goes is to the heart of our democratic system; do the structures in place serve our democracy well, or is there work to do?
     
    This new education of which I speak has not resulted by studying books (where in the past I’ve normally spent my time), but by diving deep into the structure of municipal government and witnessing it from the “inside” as a working politician.
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