Tomorrow, Monday May 2nd, is the day of Canada’s 41st federal election.
You should vote. Someone is going to represent you, personally, in Ottawa. Think about that, and go make a choice. Even if you just focus on one issue to help you decide: vote!
In the last federal election, on October 14 2008, Canadian voters had their worst turn-out ever, with only 58.8% of eligible citizens casting a ballot (1). Such a display is embarrassing. There really should be no need to go into the details of the price people pay in other areas of the world for the right to vote. We have an amazing nation, and each election is your chance to play a direct role in the future of Canada.
Please take the time to find out a little bit about the candidates in your riding. It is nearly a guarantee that the online version of your local community newspaper (which can be found with a search engine) will have interviews with each candidate. It is also incredibly easy to find each party’s platform online, and quickly jump to reading about the issues that are most important to you. Last time I made the assumption that everyone knew how to use a search engine, but I’ll go a little further this time in hopes that we can get a better voter turn-out. Please see the links below.
Take control, make a choice. Vote tomorrow!
In alphabetical order, here are links to the platforms of the four major national parties:
If you did not receive a voter registration card, or for more information on the election, please visit Elections Canada’s website.