I’m not generally a political soul. I prefer to run my business and let those with more political savvy do their thing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m not concerned about the issues, I am.
I vote - generally centre left, Green the past few elections because they used to get $35 per vote, but not anymore thanks to our current government. As a small business owner, my view is that it’s good for any country to swing from left to right every so often to balance the economy with social issues. It’s a belief that is hard to debate, right? Well, if you disagree, then maybe we could debate some time. But it’s what is happening now with our current government eroding what I hold dear as a Canadian that has me so angry I have to jot my feelings down.
I’m angry that science is being tossed out in favour of cow-towing to corporations and big oil. I’m angry that terrorism is being used as a scare tactic in an election when in Canada you’re more likely to die taking a selfie. I’m angry that people’s religious beliefs are being held up as “barbarism” and also used as an election issue. I’m angry that the Prime Minister’s office isn’t taking responsibility for its obvious part in the Duffy affair. I’m angry that thousands of aboriginal women have been murdered or gone missing without an inquiry. I’m angry that a country such as Canada that has always stepped up to the plate with humanitarian aid doesn’t do its part in welcoming thousands more Syrian refugees. I’m angry that my MP (for what he’s worth) has no voice for my constituency but is forced to tow the party line and doesn’t represent my interests. I’m angry that we are focusing military efforts on attacks and building forces rather than on our traditional role of aid and humanitarian support. I’m angry that our rights and freedoms are being compromised by Bill C51. I’m angry that our census has become of little or no use. I’m angry we opted out of the Kyoto Protocol. I'm angry when Harper says marijuana is infinitely more dangerous than tobacco - where's the science in that statement? Need I go on? Yes, I’m angry.
Mostly, I’m angry that Canadians voted a Conservative government in for a second term last election. It’s kinda like voting Bush in for a second term. Ok, maybe it was the fault of the hanging Chad in Florida (to bring it back to graphic design, my profession), they always say no one has ever been killed by graphic design, but I beg to differ. Chad. I thought we as Canadians were smarter than that. Didn’t we already see the damage this government was doing to our country and our global reputation? What has happened since 2011 is a blatant assault on our country’s identity and our position on the world stage as a leader in humanitarian civility and environmental issues.
Yes, I’m ranting. But if you’ve ever thought your vote doesn’t matter, think again. This is the most important election in 20 years for Canadians and it may be the first in that time that British Columbians actually decide which party takes office. We must do our part to make sure our reputation as a world citizen and simply as Canadians doesn’t get further eroded. Do the research. Vote for the best candidate in your riding. Just make sure that person doesn’t support Stephen Harper, because if you vote Conservative you’ll do your neighbourhood no good.
I live in North Vancouver and I’ve done the research. While I like Claire Martin of the Greens, she will never get elected in this riding that is traditionally Conservative (Andrew Saxton is the Conservative incumbent). I’m throwing my support behind Jonathan Wilkinson, Liberal, a young, articulate tech CEO who speaks well of rebuilding what makes Canada, Canada. I like the youth of Justin Trudeau too, and while he’s not who I’m voting for (remember we vote for who will represent our riding!), I believe he’d represent Canada well on the global stage. If you happen to live in my riding, I urge you to vote for Jonathan Wilkinson.
Thanks for listening. Now back to regularly scheduled presentation prep (oh, and dinner).