Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Get out and vote!!! Make Nellie proud.


To my fellow Canadians who are thinking of NOT voting in today's federal election: please rethink that inclination! I know the current selection of candidates for Prime Minister is not particularly spectacular (except to a select few of you who are devoted to particular leaders.) I know we are likely going to end up with another minority government, and you may be thinking "What's the point of voting?" I know some people are just ticked off that we've had too many elections in too few years. I feel that way too. I am completely sick of elections and politicians. I want to hurl every time I hear a certain sweater-vested individual on the radio.

But I beg you to consider how sacred your right to vote is. I have visited countries where people have DIED trying to place a vote in a ballot box. Imagine wanting to vote so badly that you would place your life on the line for it. Well, I can't imagine anyone born in this country being that determined to put a ballot in a box; we're too damn spoiled.

And don't forget, if you're female, that it was not that long ago that women (like me, like you) were not ALLOWED to vote, period. The first province to allow women to cast a ballot was Manitoba, in 1916. That was just 92 years ago, my friends, which is not all that long ago in the history of the world. (My paternal grandmother was a 14-year-old in Ireland at that time.) Can you imagine not being allowed to vote just because you have a ovaries and a uterus? Well, that used to be the case in Canada, and we women owe our current rights to brave, determined women like Nellie McClung, who fought for us before we were even born. Don't disgrace these brilliant ladies by being too apathetic to get your butt to the polling station.

Here are a few articles for you to read and think about if you're someone who believes her/his vote doesn't count, so why bother? (You Americans should be thinking about all of this too, since your election is next!!)

http://archives.cbc.ca/politics/elections/topics/1450/


http://www.pc.gc.ca/canada/proj/fcdv-wwv/index_e.asp

Dying to Vote

Even if you aren't registered, YOU CAN VOTE

Voter Turnout: Apathy in the Ascendant

So get out there today, and VOTE. And I particular appeal to the youth and students amongst you, who are evidently the most apathetic voters of all. Rick Mercer had a great rant last week about why students should vote. If you want politicians to pay attention to you and your issues, you are going to have to start putting ballots in boxes, my friends. All you need to vote is an official piece of I.D. with your name and address on it. Even HOMELESS people can vote! Elections Canada wants to help you in any way possible! So just get out there and do it.

And while you are putting your "X" next to your candidate (who, I admit, may be the best of a bad lot, or even a protest vote, or a strategic choice), thank your lucky stars that no one tried to murder you as you lined up at the polling station. And promise yourself that you will vote in every election from now on! That way I won't have to smack you upside the head.

PS: If you don't vote, you have no right to complain about whatever government we end up with. I mean it! I don't want to hear it!

PPS: Still not convinced? I suggest a visit to Zimbabwe. Then get back to me.

9 comments:

  1. Shona Neufeld3:34 pm

    Voting Done! Most embarrassing moment: running into our NDP MLA and confusing him with the federal Conservative candidate.

    Glad to see more of Naomi up to her kittenish tricks.

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  2. Anonymous5:43 pm

    Knat, if you were subjected to 'murrican politics 24/7 there is no way that you would now or ever again use the phrase 'my friend'! ;-) Good luck with your election...my vote (that won't count for anything in the red state of GA) will be cast in a few weeks.

    MB

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  3. Hmmm, good point. And yesterday I actually heard our PM use that phrase ("my friends") several times, and no one commented on it!!!

    If it makes you think better, MB, my candidate doesn't have a hope in hell in my riding, which is a sea of Conservative blue!

    SHona, tell your candidate to wear the party orange, to avoid confusion!

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  4. I totally agree with what you said and totally preach it as I say it myself. I don't register, I don't vote, I don't bitch.

    However... hubby convinced me to register this year. Guess I better figure out what the two like/dislike as I have no clue who I will vote for. (still probably won't bitch I hate talking politics!) :-)

    ~ Wolf Lover Girl

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  5. Today I did my civic duty and then I checked my mail. I got a letter from my local Conservative candidate. Maybe if he had got it to me earlier it would have swayed me into supporting Sweater-Man.

    Then again, maybe not.

    Watching the election results this evening the one thing that comes to mind is plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

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  6. HWB, what killed me was that when I voted at the advance polls, Sweater Vest Man hadn't even released his PLATFORM!!! And he wanted me to vote for him??

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  7. and I am proud of you Wolf-lover girl!

    ...and MB, we actually are subject to US politics 24/7. :) You wouldn't believe the amount of coverage here.

    I don't know what I was thinking when I said "My friends."

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  8. Anonymous9:44 am

    OK just to play the Devil's Advocate ... I used to believe this too:
    "PS: If you don't vote, you have no right to complain about whatever government we end up with. I mean it! I don't want to hear it!"

    However, I read an interesting editorial in the NY Times that made me rethink this. The author said that actually you are limiting your "right" to complain by voting if your candidate does something complaint worthy. For example, all those poor misguided bastards who voted for bush basically have no right to complain about him or his administration.

    just a thought. :)

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  9. Hahahahahha!!! GOod point, Miz Mexy!

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