Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Here we go again

Here we are at Day Two of one of the longest writ periods in Canada's history. So far, so good.

There has been a lot of quack about having a Christmas election. This not a Christmas election. It is a winter election with a break in the middle. Anyone who is playing the Christmas "card" is looking for an excuse to be angry. Folks, this is Canada; we have winter; we are Canadians; we can handle it.

Election day is almost a full month after Christmas. That should give everyone lots of time to finish the last turkey casserole and turn a thought or two to the future of Canada.

The people inconvenienced by the timing of the election are candidates, volunteers and Elections Canada personnel. Others are free to ignore it, except on January 23rd. On that day, it would be really dandy if citizens could exercise what that word means and take the thirty minutes required to participate in their own futures.

When sixty percent of Iraqis turn out in January 2005, under threat of death: and sixty percent of Canadians turn out in June 2004, under threat of sunburn, you have to ask yourself what is wrong with this picture.

Canadians profess to love democracy, but two out of every five eligible to participate in the most fundamental way, simply can't be bothered. Disenchantment with the political process and many of its practitioners is understandable. I'm sorry, but apathy is not.

There are hundreds of candidates for all parties who have made an enormous personal commitment. Regardless of party and politics, all of them deserve credit.

There are many thousands of volunteers dedicating many hundreds of thousands of hours to participate and to promote their favourite. Regardless of party and politics, all of them deserve credit.

I've met a lot of apathy at the tens of thousands of doors I have visited over the past two-and-a-half years; and I occasionally get very direct in my advice to them. The odd one gets a little angry at me for that; but if it makes them angry enough to get off the couch and vote for anyone, that's okay.

I could give you my Conservative answer about who caused the election, but it's frankly irrelevant, at this point. The fact is that we are in an election and it is every Canadian's duty to vote. While I obviously crack myself up, I'd sure like us to not let a Canadian winter and apathy be bigger deterrents to voting than death.

8 Comments:

Blogger Len Kutchma said...

I find it personally insulting that while Iraqis turned out to vote en masse under the threat of death Canadians don't want to vote because it's cold WAH or it will interefere with the turkey dinner WAH! Geez Louise people you only vote once. As I mentioned sometime ago on my blog I spend more time walking my dog each evening than would be required to cast my ballot. What a bunch of sucky babies.

12:49 PM  
Blogger DazzlinDino said...

Agreed Len, they walked miles under threat of bombings, and some can't walk a block in Canada.

Great post Laurie, I'll be down at your office this weekend or early next week to lend a hand....

6:42 PM  
Blogger Sean Tisdall said...

Again it's the one issue we can agree on.

11:12 AM  
Blogger william said...

Don't believe any polls being conducted for the MsM...!!!!
The MsM are as corrupt as liberals..
All wednesday morning I watched the news on CTV..newsnet...
The announcer spent the entire morning trying to create a story where there was none.
Where is the MsM on this...
I have yet to see any real news coverage of the Ralph Goodale stock market leaks,

How convenient that phony airplane crash turned out be...!!!!

The federal Liberals are liars and thieves and will do and say anything to stay in power.. Including faking a story of a plane crash to divert attention away from the latest Liberal scam...!!!

7:54 AM  
Blogger Mark, Ottawa said...

Per ardua ad Otttawa.

Well done,

Mark Collins
Ottawa

12:24 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Congratulations, Laurie! Make sure you pack lots of Lysol & Mr. Clean when you go ...

That was a lovely acceptance speech last night, btw. Very gracious.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Pegasis Rests said...

congrats!, maybe now we can get rid of Bill Graham?? Please keep Hillier though, we like him!

7:30 PM  
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