Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Apathy is Pathetic

I have been hearing and reading a lot of people bemoaning politicians in general and making grand declarations that “Jack Layton was the only politician who truly cared about what was best for Canadians”. Mr. Layton did care passionately about making Canada a more equitable place for all and he did work hard to help bring his vision of Canada to reality but he is not the ONLY politician who cares/cared. Statements such as that are actually counter to the effort that Mr. Layton put into making politics more accessible to all Canadians and counter to Mr. Layton’s final words to us all. Apathetic statements like that just don’t fly. They give citizens of Canada a further excuse to avoid political engagement. If you really want to honour Mr. Layton’s memory, now is the time to become engaged and get involved in politics at all levels (municiple, provincial and federal). It is time to start working to understand the issues and educate yourself on them. It is time to write, phone or email your representatives and ask them for a few minutes of their time to discuss your findings and thoughts. It is the time to seek out the party that best reflects your vision of Canada and become involved.

We receive the political representation that we deserve. If you do not believe your current MP, MPP or councilor is working in your city, province or country’s best interest, it is your job to open a dialogue with them and question what they are doing. Make a stink. Get loud (in an educated manner). Get others involved. Make your voice heard.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, it is then your job to work to ensure you receive better representation in the next election by either putting your own name forward or throwing your support (and time) behind a candidate you believe in. We, the people, decide who represents us and decide which vision of our city, province or country is likely to materialize based on our votes. That is the beauty (and sometimes the curse) of democracy.

Mr. Layton wanted to change things. He wanted to change people’s perception of politicians and he wanted to change how things get done in this country. If you want to help change things, and not just pay lip-service, then you need to get engaged and involved. Stop just talking and start doing. The only way change will happen is if you start making it happen.

“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing, there will be no result”.

-Mahatma Ghandi

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Apathy: the democratic disease….

It is time, once again, for a federal election. I have very little patience for people who complain about “having” to vote again or the cost of an election. We live in a democracy (be thankful for this!) and elections and voting are the cost of doing business.

My generation is known to be politically apathetic and far too many of my peers do not take advantage of the right to vote. It is not only a right, but also a duty. If we do not make our voices heard, it defeats the purpose of the democratic process. Please let’s work to change the impression that we just don’t care; educate yourself on the issues and where each party and your local candidates stands on them. If you feel strongly about something, find the party that holds the same stance as you and volunteer during this election. Write letters to the candidates (or Facebook or Tweet them), write letters to the editor of your local paper, talk to people in your community, attend candidate debates and events; help MAKE your issue important.  And then get out there and vote! If you absolutely cannot support anyone, show up and spoil your ballot and then get involved in politics through the local riding association for whichever party you are most akin to. Work through that channel to affect change so that next election, there will be someone you can, in confidence and good conscious, support and vote for. Each political party has a website that you can visit and inquire about volunteering and most local ridings also have websites with regional information. You can find them here:

Federal Party Websites:

 

www.liberal.ca

 

 

www.ndp.ca

 

 

www.conservative.ca

 

 

www.greenparty.ca

 

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Websites:

Liberals:

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Liberals: www.brucegreyowensound.liberal.ca

The Liberal candidate (Kimberley Love): www.kimberleylove.ca

NDP:

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound NDP: www.ndp.ca/district/35026

The NDP does not currently have a candidate for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound but are working to put one in place.

Conservatives:

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Conservatives: They don’t seem to have a riding website.

The Conservative candidate (Larry Miller): www.larrymiller.ca

Greens:

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Greens: www.gbosgreens.ca

The Green candidate (Emma Hogbin): www.emmahogbin.com

 

I’ll post information on all-candidates debates as they are scheduled.

Get informed, get involved!