Think about how you’re going to vote on May 30

Walt's World with Walter Jones

Published on May 19, 2017

Walt's World with Walter Jones

I have been voting since I was 21 and remember when all the parties were willing to buy your vote for a pint of rum or a two-dollar bill.  

Not much has changed except no money changes hands these days. They now try to do it with promises.
People in opposition remind me of the butcher who had a customer who wanted to buy a steak.
“What do you mean,” he shouted, “ten dollars for 400 grams? The man across the street only wants eight."
The butcher says "then buy it from him."
“Can't,” says the irate man. “He's out."
"Oh well,” replies the butcher, "when I'm out I sell for seven.” Opposition governments can promise anything. Of course the government in power just gets out a budget and promises you the moon, but you will notice they don't pass it, then they call an election.
In my lifetime I have voted pretty much for every party in Canada, including the Creditist Party's Real Caouette of Montreal.
I lose my vote as often as I help, but I believe voting is a privilege and will continue to exercise my right until the end.
I have few words of wisdom. Election budgets are not worth the paper they are written on.
Promises from the opposition will rarely get into their budgets if they get elected. Here is their story if they are elected, “We didn't know the books were in such bad shape when we made those promises, sorry!”
Some people pick a party, much like we pick our hockey franchise we cheer for, and no matter how poorly they perform we will support them anyway.
That takes the worry out of choosing.
Each party has a base and they will vote for that party regardless. Very few people are open-minded, or want to take the trouble to think, or ask why I personally think that voting for the party is a waste of a vote.
I also believe that the party system hinders democracy more than it help. I prefer to vote for the man.
Is the MLA you have now trying to look after your interests, is he working in your community and a part of it, if you have a problem does he /she try to help?
If you believe they are, then re-elect. If you are unsatisfied, then look at who else is running and try to determine who you think will do a better job.
What ever you do get out and vote.

Walt’s World appears weekly in the Amherst News.