Well, we’re off again. Another federal election. Which, if current signs are any indication, should be about as pleasant as a colonoscopy. Excuse me if I’m not overly enthusiastic or optimistic. I am, however, expecting my extremely savvy compatriots to enliven the process with insightful commentary. I have my own little corner of the world I’m comfortable in, and I rely on Kevvyd and Briguy to enlighten me on matters political.
I find it interesting that even the New York Times makes mention of the election call (good for you, America Junior!), and in the first paragraph of the article, indicates that Der Harpenfuehrer has violated his own legislation by calling the election a year early.
The whole affair promises to be pretty lackluster, with the Conservatives dominating the airwaves with Stevie’s testimonials about how great it is to have kids (I’m sure he’s glad he bought ’em), the Liberals, who I originally had high hopes about, disorganized and having a leader who is experimenting with invisibility, and the NDP attempting to convince us they possess spines of any sort. I am expecting Jack Layton to show up for news conferences in a big orange exoskeleton from now on.
Having said that, let me be the first (at least here) to exhort all of you: VOTE. Don’t sit back and decide your vote doesn’t matter, then complain for the duration of the next parliament. Collectively, it DOES matter. I consider myself, despite frequent eye-rolls and shakes of the head, to be extremely fortunate to have been born a Canadian (even though it was …<shudder>… Ontario). As such, I reap many benefits of citizenship, not the least of which being freedom of speech (for the moment…), and, in return, I consider voting to be a responsibility I take very seriously.
Unfortunately, the poor examples set by our ‘leaders’ has led to cynicism, and cynicism almost inevitably leads to apathy. However, if we all want this country to be as good as it could be, or if we at least want to help it find the path to excellence that some of us hope for, we have to exercise our right to vote. I may complain, I may moan, I may bitch, but I cast my ballot in the hope that things will get better. Not voting would be giving up, and I don’t do that too easily.
It’s my own vote of confidence in Canada. A big ‘thank you’ to my home, which I wouldn’t trade for any other country in the world.
Although Germany was quite nice.
It’s a Flash Fact.