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City seeking resident participation in new Panel on Democracy


March 12, 2014

MONCTON – The City of Moncton is recruiting citizens to serve on the newest committee of Council: the Panel on Democracy. The goal of this committee is to explore measures to enhance participatory and representative democracy in the city. Deadline to apply online is March 20, 2014 (http://www.moncton.ca/Government/Committees/Paticipation_form.htm).

“More and more, ‘citizen engagement’ is essential in keeping residents informed, interested and truly part of Moncton’s decision-making process,” said Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc. “In recent years, through various channels like our public council meetings or on the City’s social media pages, citizens are sharing their concerns – and ideas – and contributing positively to our community’s energy.”

“And, as a municipal government, we are closest to the people. We’ve found that when residents are directly involved in making things happen for their community, with the support of City staff and Council, we achieve great things, which continue to make Moncton a wonderful place to live, work and raise a family,” added Mayor LeBlanc. “I encourage citizens to apply.”

Essentially, the Panel’s mandate is to consult with Monctonians, as well as with current and former members of City Council, to obtain their perspective on engagement and participation relating to municipal affairs. Once this work is complete, the Panel will present its findings and recommendations to Council on how to enhance “democracy”.

As per regular procedure, members will be named by Council during an upcoming public session. The Panel’s meeting schedule and timelines will be determined by the new members, who must be residents of Moncton or conduct business in the city.

In addition, while new members aren’t currently required, a pool of interested residents may be used to fill future vacant positions for the following Committees of Council:

  • Accessibility Committee
  • Mayor’s Seniors Advisory Committee
  • Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee
  • Moncton Cultural Board
  • Moncton Heritage Preservation Review Board
  • Moncton Sports Wall of Fame
  • Order of Moncton
  • Planning Advisory Committee
  • Public Safety Advisory Committee

Mandates vary between one to three years in duration, with possibility of renewal. Typically, committees will meet once a month. Members must be residents of Moncton or conduct business in the city.

Full details on all City of Moncton committees, boards and commissions are available online at Moncton.ca or by sending an email to info@moncton.ca

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Media Contact:

Nicole O. Melanson
Manager, Communications and Bilingual Services
City of Moncton
506-383-6214 / Nicole.melanson@moncton.ca