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Resident critical of council decision over municipal voting

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North Bay councillors got an earful Tuesday night from a resident on letting non Canadian immigrants vote in municipal elections.  Cecile Ritchie opposes the move which the majority of council approved last Monday.

Ritchie told council the motion needed more thought.  Ritchie says immigration is great for Canada but adds a person should become a Canadian citizen before being allowed to vote municipally.

She says citizenship only takes two to three years meaning the person will only miss one election if they start the application process quickly.  The provincial government would have to change the Municipal Act for immigrants to vote and council wants that to happen.

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