“Now’s the day”

Here’s what I put on my social media page a few days ago:

There are just under six days until the polls are closed and we will ~ hopefully ~ know which political party will govern Canada for the next few months or years. We, family, friends and I have been out supporting the rule of law for Hong Kong. Stand With Hong Kong, we say. But we need to stand up for Canada, too. And the way we do that is to vote. I understand that many Canadians are less than enthusiastic about the choices they see on the ballot … if you really, really cannot, in good conscience vote for anyone then please go to the poll ~ it won’t take long ~ and take a ballot and deface it so that, at least, your dissatisfaction with the choices offered is registered. Canadians soldiers have been voting in the front lines since 1917 …

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… I suppose that some went to vote and, shortly after, before they knew the election results they made the supreme sacrifice for Canada. If they can do that then you can go to the polls. Yes, it might be a bit inconvenient, you might be a bit busy, and the choices might not be great … but it’s the very least you can do.

Pick a good candidate, pick the least bad candidate, choose a party if you must or vote for an independent … of in an extreme case spoil your ballot. But speak out! Make your voice heard. When millions of us speak together we make democracy work.

Democracy, Canadian democracy is not perfect … some people say it’s deeply flawed. But, unlike people in, say, China, we can vote and unlike many places, our votes are actually counted and the votes are decisive.

So go to the polls … I’m not going to say please, it’s not a request; it’s your duty as a Canadian. Go to the polls, cast a ballot, even for “none of the above.” You don’t have many duties as a citizen but this should be one.

As Robbie Burns said, “Now’s the day an’ now’s the hour” ~ the polls open in just a few hours. Voting is your duty; do it; get out and vote ~ spoil your ballot if you must, but do your civic duty. The politicians will “see arrayed” the people’s power.

A final word before you all go off to vote: Thank You to ALL the candidates from ALL the parties and movements, and the independent candidates, too, who have had the courage and sense of duty to their communities and their country to put themselves forward for our consideration. I don’t agree with the positions that most of you espouse; in a few cases, I believe that you support causes that I believe are very wrong, even dangerous. But even so, I salute you for putting yourselves forward. Thank you for offering to serve.

 

One thought on ““Now’s the day”

  1. Hear! Hear!
    BTW, the drill if you can’t stomach any of them is not to deface the ballot but to decline it. Regrettably, the federal government has not followed the lead of Ontario to formally track declined ballots. But at least by handing it back to the poll official, you’re registering your dissatisfaction with someone, rather than having your ballot appear as though you didn’t know how to mark it. Scant satisfaction, because no one but the poll official will ever know, and it goes into the same bin, but it’s better than nothing. In the last Ontario election, a lot of people did that, and the statistics were recorded and published. Maybe someday it’ll catch on federally.

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