So, today, 11 October 2019 (it’s still “today” here as I ‘go to press’ at midnight GMT) at the advance poll, I voted.
I am fortunate that here, in Ottawa Centre, I was able to cast my vote for an excellent Conservative candidate, a stellar, accomplished woman: Carol Clemenhagen.
Not everyone is going to share my belief in the utility of policy proposals and overall integrity of the Conservative Party, nor will everyone share my great distaste and deep mistrust of the Trudeau Liberals, but I urge you all, young and old, progressive and conservative, to get out and vote.
Canada is one of the world’s most successful democracies and we are that because enough of us care enough to do our civic duty and vote in elections. Our democracy is not perfect; none is. But billions of other people either vote in sham elections or cannot vote at all. We are fortunate that many of our political leaders (but not all) are both able and honest and that, broadly and generally, our electoral system is fair and open.
If you don’t go out and vote then you cannot complain about what the next government does or fails to so; I did so I can.