First off the recognition has to be given to the number of women who have decided to seek election to their respective councils in the upcoming municipal elections. Also those who have been nominated and elected by acclamation.
The number of women who have put forth their names for election is worthy of note, but it also has to be mentioned in many smaller communities women have long been the backbone of their municipal councils and volunteer organizations.
It stems from the fact many men have to leave their communities for employment - a situation that has been part of the Newfoundland culture for decades.
It's been documented that 52 per cent of the population in Canada is female. As a result there should be at least an equal say in what goes on in their communities, provinces and nation as their male counterparts have.
It's little wonder women should be participating in the decision making process in their communities.
Having said that, whether the candidate for council is female or male the onus is on voters now to approach these candidates and ask questions of what they think should be happening in their communities, and what can be done to improve residents' well being.
Unfortunately, elections become popularity contests in many cases. But popularity doesn't mean the best group of people are elected.
These people are being considered for governing of our communities for at least the next four years. In some cases, the electorate is deciding whether the majority of the current councillors have done well enough in their tenures to continue.
It is the electorate that decides their five or seven person councils and as a result residents must take municipal elections seriously. It's the grassroots of politics in our country.
The councillors we elect into office are the individuals who lead our communities - they decide on our financial issues including the taxes we pay for the services we receive such as water and sewer, garbage collection, snow clearing, etc. As a result, if we're interested in what money we pay for our services, which is not optional, then we should be interested in whom we elect to municipal office.
Asking questions of the candidates, making sure they're in the running for legitimate reasons for the community as a whole and that they align with your beliefs and feelings allows voters to elect the best individual to reflect what residents want in their towns.
Question your candidates, decide whom you can support and then go to your polling booth and cast a ballot for the person whom you believe will serve your community best.
George Macvicar is Editor of the Southern Gazette