Today is voting day here in Canada, where 21 million registered may or not flock to the polls in what some consider the growing sham that is the democratic system. This was evidenced first in the U.S back in 2001 when the state of Florida proved that even dead people could vote from the grave (http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0310/S00211.htm). But of course it’s easier to blame the black boxes
Some people are disgusted that we vote to put people in charge of the future of our country that we would never leave alone with small children. But such is the way if you want to see anything get done whatsoever.
Regretfully, it is the big fish, i.e.. the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and the NDP that have given voters that squeamish feeling as of late, and the truly honest candidates. the ones that really want to do the best for our country, mostly overlooked, since they don’t get the media coverage.
Fact is, I’ll bet you don’t even know who the rest of your candidates are in your district. I know I didn’t . I actually had to use www.google.ca to find out who they were (http://canadaonline.about.com/od/federalelections/a/candidates2006.htm)
. Again, this is no fault of these candidates, but sadly, they’re limited by budget and lack of fame (or notoriety) as well as voter apathy .
Were you aware that less than 31% of voters aged 18-24 go to the polls ?
Kids spend their youth just waiting for the day they turn 18 so they can be REAL ADULTS, and then they spurn one of the most adult things they can do.
In the end, it doesn’t matter who you vote for (well, actually it does, depending if it’s your party that wins or not) but as long as you take the time to vote you have demonstrated that the democratic process still works, and in the end that is what allows us a Prime Minister and a Parliament as opposed to a dictator or tyrant.