Three months ago, Nahed Mutlaq packed her bags and moved more than 10,000 kilometres from Yemen to Nova Scotia. Along with her husband and four children, Mutlaq settled in Halifax’s Cowie Hill neighbourhood.
The family is eager to make Halifax home — and the move by regional council to look at letting permanent residents vote in municipal elections has made them feel more welcome.
“It would definitely make you feel like you count,” Mutlaq said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s a way of feeling important and having your opinion heard.”
Mayor Mike Savage requested a staff report Tuesday on extending the right to vote in municipal elections to non-citizens.
He said newcomers should be recognized as valuable, contributing members of society and allowed take part in local elections.
It’s not a new idea.