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COMMENTARY · 1st April 2011
Stacey Tyers
This makes me unbelievably sad that 11% won't vote. That the poll on this website shows the 3rd highest answer is I won't vote.

I want to talk to these people, I want to understand where and why they lost hope. I want to know why they do not want to take full advantage of the fact that we live in a democracy.

It is the apathetic and the disenfranchised who could change the world. Make it what YOU want it, vote.

Collectively if those living in poverty across this country actually voted, they would change the outcome significantly. Governments don't care about people in poverty because traditionally a majority do not vote, they are too busy trying to survive.

This could be said for many different collectives. If everyone aged 18-25 went out and voted can you imagine the turn out?

We live in a democracy, it may not always work but it's because not everyone is sharing their voices.

I know people think it doesn't matter. People feel like there is no alternative. People have given up on the whole system. Lets change that though, with our votes. Lets all vote, lets all remind ANY and ALL governments we ARE watching, we ARE voting we DO care. We as voters will hold them to account, ensure they are doing our bidding not theirs, however we can only do this by voting. By voting, we send this message.

So, Lets VOTE!
Your Voice Counts
Comment by Pat#1 on 5th April 2011
You can't bitch if you don't vote!

Get out there and make your opinion count.

Enough Said...
Just Do It!
Comment by Alfie McDames on 4th April 2011
Oh, I will vote though I wish the parties would spell out their distinctives, that which makes them different from one another. They all would kiss babys or help little old ladies across the street and of course everyones best friend is an Indian at election time, but what and why would they do the things they would do? That would be too much to ask and would be deadly to their chances of winning.
I will vote though Rod, cheers
Karen, in your response to Noel...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 2nd April 2011 also explained why Harper desperately wants to get rid of the election financing act and the $2 per vote the parties get. It makes it an uphill battle for any new party except those who get funding form the wealthy.
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 2nd April 2011
"There are third parties out there whom could make a difference, but they do not attract enough candidates to make any real difference."

If you feel there is a party out there that works for you then vote for them whether they have a chance or not. If everyone thought the way you do then you are right, such a party will never be able to make a difference.

But, voting for that party could net them $2 from every vote which would give them a better chance in the next election. At least give your party of choice a better chance at making a difference. Vote!
the 11%
Comment by Noel Braucher on 2nd April 2011
I always vote, but I do sympathize with the 11% who don't. The problem is, on a lot of the issues that matter to those 11%, there is either not a party that offers a real alternative, or there is simply no faith in the words of the existing parties. People have seen time and time again politicians whom will promise the world just to get elected, then do a 180 afterwords (HST anyone?) Makes people feel helpless and the system look broke.

There are third parties out there whom could make a difference, but they do not attract enough candidates to make any real difference. An economy in the rut doesn't help much for peoples morale on top of that.
Hate ads
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 2nd April 2011
And the nastiest ads are coming out of the Conservative campaign - months before the election was called!

The answer is not to stick your head in the sand and ignore this election. The losers will be people like the poor, the regular working class, and our youth. You have been given a voice in deciding what direction this country takes - so use it!
that's why we should vote
Comment by rod on 2nd April 2011
You may be explaining why not to vote, but I read your comment as being why we SHOULD. If you don't like the hatred, or whatever else within the system, change it! Vote!!
Comment by Alfie McDames on 1st April 2011
Sadly the Canadian political machine looks more and more like the American system. Where are the parties getting their consultants from? The political hatred displayed by all parties stinks to high heaven. The difference by wich we ran our politics is what made us wonderful, that we could have a difference of opinion around election time and maintain our friendships after the election as well. Now we see the hatred displayed all year long and we are tired of it.