Chris' Corner: Vote in our Federal Election on October 6th, 2011 - be a part of the solution!

Vote in our Federal Election on October 6th, 2011 - be a part of the solution!

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
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Comment balloon 9 commentsChris Smith • October 05 2011 08:07PM

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Not wrong at all Chris! It is a priviledge to vote and yet so many do not bother to go to the polls and then complain when changes come about that they are against.

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) almost 9 years ago

I think most people have become fairly apathetic about the system Chris. They assume that it's just going to work with or without their input. Our attention spans have become quite short too.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 9 years ago

You are right Wanda, why would people rather complain about a problem, rather than try and solve it?

 

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Malcolm, I agree with you on both points, How do we correct things?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Chris,

Voter turnout was quite poor overall at about 47%.

Apathy I suppose is the issue.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 9 years ago

Hi Chris,

I was going to say what Brian just said. It's very dissapointing when less than half of eligible voters don't bother to vote. apathy is indeed a huge issue, and I fear it will have consequences. Perhaps Ontarians are burned out just having recently finished a federal election.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) almost 9 years ago

Brian, it is dissapointing, how can we affect positeive change?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Malcolm. is it that we have ceased to believe we can make a difference?

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 9 years ago

Chris, I bemoan your trouble with getting voters to the polls.  It is sad that in our democracies people seem to take their civic duties for granted.

Posted by Ron Marshall, Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire (Marshall Enterprises) almost 9 years ago

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