With the upcoming election, I thought I would share this clip from Rick Mercer, urging students to “do the unexpected” and vote this May 2nd.
As Rick points out, people the age of 18-25 are the biggest voting resource in Canada, coming in at about 3 million people. Yet, our political candidates do little to please us, as if we were just “dead” as he illustrates in his rant. If this was different, and we all voted, we could demand things… like lower tuition.
Voting takes a few minutes, literally. It’s not intimidating, it’s not difficult, and I promise you’ll feel good about it afterwards.
If you think that not voting eliminates you from the political process, you are very wrong! Not voting is still political – you are just giving extra points to the winning candidate, not letting your voice be heard… a definite lose-lose situation.
Do some research on the candidates to see what they propose, usually this is as simple as reading a few newspapers or blogs. Find something you’re interested in, and watch it unfold. You could feel strongly about green energy, international trade, minority rights, tuition, or having more money coming into Cape Breton. Whatever it is, find out what the candidates plan to do there, and then base your vote on that.
If you’re really confused, and want a basic tool to help you with your decision, view CBC’s Vote Compass here at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/canadavotes2011/votecompass/
Keep in mind; it’s just a tool, something to start off with.
This election, become involved and vote – if not, you lose the right to complain.