Originally Posted by Echoes
Does anyone know if a Mayor can call a plebiscite on an issue without the support of Council? I would think that it would require a passing vote in Council. This current Council has been almost unanimously supportive of the Remai Art Gallery, so unless this fall's election totally cleans house, I can't see them having an appetite for a plebiscite like Dayday does.
Atchison is far from my ideal Mayor, but I will vote for him again and again if it keeps Dayday out.
Sean Shaw's blog has information on plebiscites. http://blog.seanshaw.ca/?cat=13
It looks as if council has to decide to hold a plebiscite. A plebiscite is non-binding, so council wouldn't have to follow the outcome. Looking at the field for councillors, it looks like things will probably change little. Councillors Penner and Heidt aren't running again, so that leaves Wards 8 and 4 up in the air. So the likelihood of the council voting to have a plebiscite isn't great.
A referendum can be initiated by council or by petition. A council would again need to vote to have a referendum (not likely), or it can be presented with a petition signed by at least 10% of the electors of Saskatoon to request one.