Your attention, please.

*Note* This blog is intended for my fellow Canadians, as we have a federal election in the near future. I realize a large portion of my readership is outside of my country, but I feel this must be said regardless.

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Time to pull out my political soap box.

As you may well know, we are facing yet another election here in Canada. You may think I’m here to extole the virtues of one political party over another, or to tell you what must become an election issue. I will be doing neither, because quite frankly, I don’t care.

I’m writing this today to tell you that if you are eligible, GO VOTE. I don’t care if you vote Conservative, Bloc, or for your neighbours dog. Just vote.

Here in Canada we have had a minority government for five years, two elections. We have seen in the last five years how even more inneffectual a minority government is than usual. Every bill presented stands a chance to be overturned and government dissolved. It makes things very difficult to get done.

Coincidentally, voter turnout has been dropping steadly over past years. In 2008, the voter turnout was the lowest it had been in over 100 years.

I’m not going to bother to tell you that boring old phrase, if you didn’t vote you don’t have any right to complain. Let’s face it, we are going to complain anyway. But I do want it pointed out that since we do live in a democratic country, this is one way we can change things. This is our ability to have our revolution. Our way of telling those getting the big bucks in parliament we no longer want them sitting in those seats, or Great Job! You get to keep your job for another four or so years!

Your tax dollars are being used to pay a member of parliament’s salary. Every Timbit you buy, every tank of gas you fill, a portion of every dollar you make goes into the salary of someone in parliament. Yes, they are over paid. Yes, they may not do the job to the best of their ability. Voting is your chance to have a say in who gets hired to run the country. Voting is your chance to dictate where your tax dollars go.

Get informed. Go to the political parties web sites and grab their platforms. They all have them. Find out what they stand for. Ignore the slam ads on tv telling you so and so would destroy the country with his horrible budget, so and so doesn’t care about blah blah blah. Get the facts. Remember that every word coming out of a politician’s mouth is skewed to get votes. Get to the bottom the issues important to you and see where each party stands.

As I said above, I don’t care who you vote for. If you can’t decide between tweedle dee and tweedle dum, you do have another option of a blank ballot. Democracy’s way of saying I don’t like any of you, but I’m not going to sit idly by. These ballots still get counted. And they have the ability to send a message.

Explore your options. We are all part of this amazing country, and we all have a say in how it’s run. Make sure you get your voice heard.

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