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Oh! Canada! Why Vote?

It was just the other day I was speaking with a friend about the upcoming Canadian Federal elections informed me that she has never voted and refuses to vote. I looked at her shocked, “Why don’t you vote?”

“Nothing ever gets done. It’s not like my vote matters.”

I think my ears went red and I went into grill mode “So instead of following the election, checking out each political party’s platform, and making an informed decision on who you want to represent Canada and your views. You are telling me you would rather not vote?”

“Yup!”

I felt a surge of crankiness flow through my veins I attempted to refrain from turning into my mother and giving a lecture on the importance of voting, your democratic right, and your time to make a choice for your country. I wondered where this apathy stems from?  It was in 2008 Canada has the lowest turn-out of voters at 58.8 percent. Imagine if the other 41.2 percent got up went and voted!

Would we be spending another 288 million dollars for another election? Or could that money be well spent for various government programs?

It’s time to make the change you want. If you don’t vote, don’t complain!  The government is there to work for you. If you care about health care, education, senate reform,and foreign policy. If you care you should vote. You have an opportunity to be heard and now is your time!

Apathy isn’t cool. Quite Frankly, I find it boring! It’stime to liven up the conversation and vote! Let yourself be heard and appreciate the democratic freedom you have to make a choice for your country. Voting is a right that we take for granted  and it’s time we see its value! It’s time to vote for the change we want our country to represent.

Now, I’m stepping off my soapbox and want to hear from you!  What change do you want to see in government? And do you plan on voting?

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15 replies

  1. I’m not Canadian (just a Southern cousin), but I also believe that if you don’t vote then you have no right to b!tch about the government.

      1. It’s a free country and citizens are certainly free to do as they wish, but I still say voting is a not only a right but a DUTY to help assure one’s voice is heard.

  2. It’s hard to have any faith in what is promised by the candidates, considering they don’t legally have follow up on what they say. Sometimes they do keep their promises and then make cuts to social programs that we’d rather see kept.
    Despite that, we are in an age where the people have more power to be heard and by letting go of the past and doing the best that we can to get the government on the same page as us, we’ll eventually have some real democracy. Voting does seem a little bit useless these days, but as a citizen of a free country, it’s a good way to show I care.
    My favorite election issue (which I haven’t heard much about) is helping to end poverty. It can happen!

    1. Voting is never useless. It’s about how you use your vote. If you become informed, select the party that works for you and vote. The problem is that so many youth are not voting. They have become apathetic but at the same time the youth are the ones that yearn change the most with such issues as poverty. I believe voting is the time as an individual that you voice issues and politicians are more apt to motivate change. Of course, not everything can change over night, policy is a gradual process, and we can’t expect miracles too happen…

  3. I always vote (in the U.S.) but I rarely do much beyond that. Voting is only the first step. Once the elected officials are in office, I think we also have an obligation to stay informed and keep the elected officials informed about what is important to us. I definitely don’t exercise my right to influence as much as I could.

    1. The Great thing about American politics is that you begin influencing as soon as the campaigns over…The discussions on policy never seem to stop and their seems to be engaged active participants on both sides of the coin.

      However, in Canada we are week away from the election, and the momentum is finally building. People are getting excited, there is a surge to the polls, but after it’s all said and done. The discussions seem to simmer and the passion towards issues seem to fade away. I think it’s important to stay up to date on politics and love policy. All of the good meat for debate is in the policy:)

  4. The sad tendency I see in America is for elections to increasingly become another episode of Dancing with the Stars or Survivor. People find it just so BORING to learn about the issues and candidates’ positions on them. Instead, they much prefer to focus on who can give a good speech, who has a winning smile, who seems “cool”.

    President Obama profited by voters’ unwillingness to look beneath the surface,and just now Donald Trump is profiting in the same way – although I expect that to fade soon.

    Elections are just so important – they do have consequences, and we’ll live with those consequences for a long time.

    1. Good Points! I think it’s important for people to look past the rhetoric and focus on the issues with a rational mind. I don’t believe name calling and slander are the way to run a political campaign. I actually find it appalling in American politics is that Donald Trump has had so much media coverage over the birther issue. I think media coverage needs to be more balanced and focus on the issues not the star of the day 🙂

  5. I quite agree. If we don’t want to wake up one day to find ourselves living under a military coup or some other dictatorship, we have to make ourselves heared by voting and then talking to our elected representatives. Mine know exactly h

  6. Sorry. I hit something too quick.

    My elected officials know exactly how I expect them to vote on the issues that are important to me.

    We do it differently in the USA but I’m beginning to think your parliamentarian method is better. We have a President who doesn’t have the majority and nothing is getting done. Of course and unfortunately, nothing got done when he had the majority either. Sigh.

    People who don’t vote abdicate their government to people who do not care about them and will in fact use their not voting to ensure the bad guys win. ALWAYS VOTE.

    1. Thank you for your comments 🙂 You are right if you don’t the bad guys will win. And if we take for granted our freedom then one day you could wake-up scratching your head wondering how we ended up as a Prime Minister/President as a dictator.

      I think in comparison to our two federal systems the grass is always greener on the other side. We have a senate that just signs the bills, they are unelected (appointed by favours), and get paid quite a hansom sum. They don’t represent the views of our provinces or territories. Unlike your American System, I find the people who hold the most sway in this country is Ontario and Quebec because they have the most elected members to the House of Commons. This leads the other provinces concerns less important and creates a lot of tension across the country.

      However, our Members of Parliament represent our issues in the House of Commons. This is where the debate happens but at the same time we have been deadlocked in a minority gov’t that nothing changes…But at the sametime it forces all four parties to compromise on the issues. It’s when they refuse to compromise that we end up going to the polls every two years. I think we need to start making strategic choices in our voting, votes are being wasted, and as well people aren’t voting.

      The exciting thing that has happened in the past week is there has been a surge to the advanced polls…I can’t wait to see the final numbers of people who voted in this upcoming election! And also what will unfold on election day 🙂

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