Tomorrow is Election Day in Canada. I am having a hard time believing that the outcome really represents the cumulative will of the people.
We have a hard time in Canada getting a reasonable percentage of eligible voters to the polls most elections, I am not sure if it is because people feel they are too busy, that they feel their vote will not count, or general apathy and malaise or something else.
Getting voters out is a first step. I wish people would understand what a privilege and a responsibility voting is. Many have died over the years to protect our right to be free and to choose our government. I am tired of people voting a particular way because they always vote that way, or for some other inappropriate reason.
I wish the parties involved would promote themselves rather than disparage the opposition with convenient (and often out of context) sound bites. I guess it must work, or they wouldn't be continually doing it (When you think about it, WE are the reason it works). I would prefer so much if the parties would focus on and promote their own platforms instead.
Is it, that "they" are reacting to "us"... that the advertisers know that we are not informed... that we make monumental decisions based on misinformation rather than information... We need to change.
We have to start young, and educate our children to research the facts for themselves and make choices that most aligns with their personal goals and ideals. We need to teach our children that our minds cannot remain closed, that we continually need to investigate and make good decisions based on the the latest and more complete information. We need to teach our children this both at home and at school. Then WE have to learn from them.
My father, an immigrant to Canada, used to tell me that democracy needs an informed public to work well. He reasoned democracy was not always the best form of government in a "third world" country with a majority of its population illiterate... That the decisions of the majority were often made with little thought regarding actual platforms and considering what individuals and their parties stood for..
By his reasoning, sometimes I wonder if democracy "works" well here and now? Or has it degenerated into no more than the popularity contest and mud-slinging.
I truly believe in the ideal of democracy. That does not mean that I feel that the way we apply democracy cannot be improved... Sometimes, when I hear people talking politics, at a bar, at the coffee shop, at a lunch counter, I, at once, cringe and want to scream (I have experienced that in most cases debating (arguing) politics is not productive)... At times, I wonder if we need to prove that we are informed before exercising our right to vote... even then, would it make a difference? Is there really any difference between the left and the right? Is there anyone out there who is not curruptible? Are we so stuck in our ways that the way we voted twenty or thirty or forty years ago is the way we will vote now, damn the torpedoes?
Yet when tomorrow comes, I will find the time, make my way to our polling station, and make my informed choice... we will see if it will make a difference... this time
I realize that these are the musings of a man who has become melancholy and whose thoughts have spiralled out of control... But, please tell me how I am wrong?
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage