Are long hours and little pay scaring off potential public servants?
"I just couldn't make it fit within my life," says former city councillor
She told The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti that the juggling her job and her public service became too much.
For Merrick, small communities may not be able to provide lucrative positions, but they could offer other incentives to attract more candidates.
"Having extended medical plans can give you a sense of security. Education stipends I think are really important, especially for my generation that is still in a heavy learning phase of their life."
- Jillian Merrick, a former councillor in Prince George, B.C.
- Rick Chrest, the mayor of Brandon, Manitoba.
- Karl Buhr, a former mayor of Lions Bay, B.C.
- Aaron Moore, an associate professor of political science at the University of Winnipeg
Listen to the full conversation near the top of this page.
Produced by Samira Mohyeddin and Danielle Carr.