It's your right to vote, exercise it

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As a new week dawns Canadians find themselves in the early stages of an election campaign that, if you listen to the Conservatives, no one wants. But an election is in the offing and we can only hope that this election will turn the tide of voter indifference about this country's democratic process.

 

Understandably many Canadians are tired of going to the polls. After all, this is the fourth election in seven years thanks to has become the norm in Canadian politics - the dreaded minority government.

While there may be some voter fatigue with having to go to the ballot box every couple of years, politicians from all stripes deserve a failing grade for reaching out to the electorate and encouraging them not only to support their view of Canada but just to cast a ballot for someone.

It has only been a century since so many Canadians had to fight simply for the right to vote. Politics was one the playground of the rich and gentrified. You had to be someone significant to have a say in the country's future.

Now that the vote is universal a growing segment of our population has become disenfranchised by simply not caring. It's a rather blunt assessment of the situation, but the voting record of many Canadians is abysmal - as is their knowledge of public affairs. Many in this country could not tell who leaders of the major parties are let alone what those major parties are and the overwhelming majority of young people could care less if the Conservatives or the communists won the next election.

Just over a half century has passed since the last shots were fired in the Second World War - a six-year struggle to ensure the protection of many of the freedoms many of today's generation take for granted. It's no surprise the biggest voters are the seniors, who has seen warfare and the hardships and uncertainty it brings.

It should not take a national catastrophe to interest people in voting, but it's a job each and every Canadian of voting age should take seriously. It's your right to vote, exercise it.

 

Organizations: Conservatives

Geographic location: Canada

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  • Peter Baxter
    April 05, 2011 - 14:07

    JAMES - Why vote?!?!? Because people died for your right to vote, that's why!!! Give up your right to vote & you give up your right to complain!!!

  • James Wolfe
    April 01, 2011 - 11:22

    Why vote when they are all the same? All tax and spend, big government, pro union, .... Liberal, Tory, Bloc heads, NDP...All tax and spend, big government, high taxes, self absorbed, me, me, me...all entitled to their entitlements, just sickening. They don’t give a damn about debt, deficits, the future debt they are leaving their own children and grandchildren, just sick. They have all proven this, for decades now. These people deserve no respect. Its all about greed, just follow the money. We now have over 3.5 million people working for government across the country. Average salary in government is about 70 thousand (including benefits, pension, bonuses...) yearly and rising. Average salary in the private sector is around 45 thousand yearly and dropping. Over 10% of government employees now make over 100 thousand yearly. In the private sector the number is under 2%. Look to Greece, Ireland and Quebec (all bankrupt), this is where Canada is headed if we don’t stop equalization and get spending and government growth under control. This tax and spend, ..., socialist, big government, social engineering that has been destroying this country has got to stop. Yes, it has left Quebec and has been spreading throughout the rest of the country since the 1960”s, that’s right over 5 decades of massive government growth, massive government hiring, skyrocketing government salaries and more and more debt. Thanks Trudeau, Tanks kebec (original native spelling). Don’t believe me; go check the stats for yourself. The Liberals and Conservatives have spent the last few decades destroying Ontario and Canada’s economy, its English speaking history and culture, not to mention allowing the racism, bigotry, ethnic language cleansing and human rights violations going on in Quebec, a la bills 22, 178, 101... What’s really going on? - “First Quebec, then we take over the rest of the country, one step at a time…through bilingualism…” PT, “How to take over a country through bilingualism…” SD. High taxes, green fees, user fees, HST, high government salaries-bonuses, pensions, benefits…, social engineering – the expensive discriminatory forced bilingual and multicultural policies (only outside Quebec of course), greedy unions controlling just about everything, new programs and more government departments yearly, more debt, more government empire building, the size and growth of government is out of control! Liberal, Tory same old story. Solution? Well there is only one. A new party and a new leader. People from the private sector with no relationship to any of the mainstream parties. One that details before an election what they stand for. We need a party with specific, fiscally conservative policies. One that defines essential and non-essential (expensive waste) services in a platform before elections. One that will cut waste, reduce taxes, eliminate departments, downsize government...repeal bad laws (the charter, bilingualism, multiculturalism...Bill 101...),One that will tell unions to rot in hell. No more lies, propaganda, and spin, what we now get on a daily basis. Canada needs a party that stands for integrity, honesty, transparency and common sense. One that is proud of our real BNA history.

  • marcus
    March 30, 2011 - 13:03

    This is a very dull story. You should try to put more details in to it.....

  • Fuzzy Bear
    March 28, 2011 - 09:54

    Sorry, editor your term indifference hardly describes how many of the people I talk to feel about this election and politicians. Rather than write the whole thing again read my comments in the (Government Falls) article, assuming of course you post them. That will give you the meat and potatoes opinion from the Little Guys!