Thursday, October 6, 2011


Voter turnout in Canada is abysmal. Barely 50% of the electorate voted in the last provincial election, and this election voter turnout is expected to drop below 50%. It is every eligible voter's civic responsibility to vote. Without a public that is actively engaged in the political process, democracy cannot function as intended. We cannot expect to be properly represented by our elected government if we don't engage ourselves and fulfill our responsibilities as citizens lucky enough to live in a democratic nation like Canada. Polls are open from 9 to 9 today. All you need to vote is a piece of ID with your name and address on it - a piece of mail works fine, too. To find out where and how to vote, go to


Anonymous said...

Why should I vote when I don't support any of the parties? None of them keep their promises, anyway.

Chad Roberts said...

You're right - many election promises are never fulfilled. Unfounded election promises are an unfortunate byproduct of a greater societal issue. We don't want to hear the bad news. We want to hear what this or that party is going to do for us, not what we need to do ourselves, and as a country. We expect the politicians to do our dirty work, and retaliate when they ask anything of us (like paying more taxes or receiving fewer services).

A lot of people say they don't support any of the parties - that none of the parties really represent them. In that case, it's up to you to find the party that you have the most in common with. A big part of our civic responsibility to vote is informing ourselves beforehand. Knowing which parties have a chance of winning in your riding, then comparing their policies to your own beliefs is relatively simple. It's easy to find election results from previous elections online. From there all you need to do is a bit of research.