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{October 17, 2008}   Canadians who care more about the American election than their own federal election

This just doesn’t make sense to me.

Say what you want about it being more interesting (and to that I simply reply that you’re not trying hard enough)… why become SO invested in something over which you have absolutely no control?

I’m not by any means saying that you shouldn’t care about world issues… but if you’re a Canadian citizen, you can’t vote for Obama or McCain. You can, however, get off your media-influenced ass and make a choice that will actually affect you directly.

The voter turnout on Tuesday was the lowest it has ever been (only 59%). I’m disgusted. If you don’t have confidence in any of the parties, you can spoil your vote. That makes much more of a point than not showing up.

Everyone is so quick to bash the current US administration (come on – what Canadian – or American, for that matter – DOESN’T?) yet over 40% of us wouldn’t walk down the street to vote for or against our own right-wing, war-mongering leader of men. Your voice certainly doesn’t effing count if you don’t cast it.

A guy on my floor says we should do what they do in Australia. It is against the law not to vote in Australia, and failing to do so (without good excuse) results in a fine and possibly even jailtime. They do, however, have a box at the bottom of the ballot that allows the voter to not vote for any of the parties (and therefore telling all the parties straight up that they could have voted for them but didn’t). 

When I try to discuss politics with my acquaintances, they INSIST on discussing Palin and Biden and Obama. Educated Canadian men can’t name the leader of the official opposition but they’re sure familiar with John McCain’s extensive war injuries.

THIS IS YOUR OWN COUNTRY. THESE POLITICIANS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE YOUR VOICE. WHY SILENCE YOURSELF IN A CROWDED ROOM ONLY TO YELL LATER ON WHEN YOUR OPINION ISN’T HEARD?

It’s illogical, and we all need to become more aware of the advantages and flaws of our own electoral system.

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ladymark says:

This is totally late but I agree with you. I also don’t get people who don’t vote because “my vote doesn’t matter”. If it was just you not voting, okay, fine. But it’s not just you. Get together 1,000 people not voting because they believe their votes don’t matter, and suddenly, guess what? They do.

Here’s an awesome (and also late) article, from the UK no less, on why Canada’s election matters on a global scale: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/sep/10/canada.usforeignpolicy

Also, just for you, John Doyle from the Globe & Mail on why Canadians should watch (or should have watched) the English language debate instead of the vice-presidential one:
“Look, that’s not going to be Tina Fey debating Joe Biden.”



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