“It is said that a picture can say a thousand words. Well, so can a thousand words. They are the keys by which we can unlock new and amazing worlds, some of which ascend beyond the imagination, and it all begins on the first page.” – BookNerd
Greetings Fellow BookNerds,
Tomorrow is a very important day for Canadians everywhere, for that is the day we decide what kind of future we want to see, both for ourselves and for future generations… was that a little too cliché? Perhaps a bit, but honestly, that’s exactly what we’re looking at. Whoever gets elected will hold our future in the palm of their hand, and they can either raise it to a whole ne level of aspirations and possibilities, or they can crush it into oblivion. That’s what happens when you put the weight of the country on the shoulders of a single individual, but that’s the system we’ve created for ourselves, and we have little choice but to make the best of it.
I will be the first to admit that politics, especially around lection time, make me fume like the kettle I put on ever morning for tea. First off, there’s the sheer amount of information they throw at you from every direction. Newspapers, magazines, news broadcasts, billboards, campaign signs, flyers, internet ads… my brain exploded a little bit just thinking about it. I understand they want you to have as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision, but I feel that in many cases, it has the opposite effect, especially when you’re dealing with our current generation of youth voters who can’t pay attention to one thing for more than a minute. Trying to sift through that much information is a full time job, and it’s only made worse this time around thanks to Harper extending the length of the campaign. Just great.
Then, there are the always beloved political attack ads… I truly hope you were all able to detect the sarcasm laced into those words. I mean, you can’t even watch a YouTube video without an ad coming on telling you how your vote would be wasted on these other candidates, who are clearly out to ruin your lives, if that’s not evident by the bold red subtitles and the dark and stormy background. Then, all they say about the candidate that they’re endorsing is that they can offer you change… but what change? What the hell makes them so much better than every other choice? WHY WON’T YOU TELL ME ANYTHING USEFUL!!!… *ahem*… So, anyway, to sum it up, they are an affront to the democratic system in my eyes, no different than children at the playground calling each other names as a way to make them feel better about themselves.
I was pleasantly surprised this year when I watched a rather tame electoral debate. I mean, they’re always going to try and talk over one another, or bring up points that are completely irrelevant to the question being asked, but the debate I watched was surprisingly informative and didn’t make me want to jump into the screen and smack each one of them upside the head. Of course, a great deal of it was just bashing Harper, talking about how he has dragged down Canada’s reputation, but they did touch on all o the important issues, like the pipeline, oil prices, the current state of the middle class, student debt, our Country’s debt, etc. Everyone managed to have their say without it turning into an uncivilized shouting match, and if you ask me, that’s already a win for our country.
I recently came across an article about John Cleese, who weighed in with his opinion on who he thinks should become the next Prime Minister, and how this is deemed as an illegal act. You know, just because someone tells you to vote a certain way, that doesn’t mean you’re obliged to do so. Furthermore, why is it you have to be Canadian in order to have an opinion on Canadian politics? Heck, during the presidential elections prior to Obama being elected, I’m pretty sure more Canadians were paying attention to that than their own politics. I can still remember in High School, when they stopped the class so we could watch his inauguration. If anything, we should be flattered that other countries are interested in what we have going on. I’, certainly flattered.
So in conclusion, yes, it is a frustrating ordeal which we must endure every 4 years, but you know, the more we take part in it, the closer we come to shaping politics in a way which benefits us, the citizens, most, because after all, if they aren’t working to make our home a better place for us to live in, then what’s the point? So boot up your computer, laptop, iPhone, Tablet, or whatever you use for your daily internet surfing needs, take a few minutes to see what the candidates in your district are all about, maybe watch one of the many debates that are available on YouTube – I’ll even link you to one below, just to make it easier – and then just go out and vote tomorrow. It’s easier than coming up with a thesis topic for a twenty page essay requiring a minimum of fifteen peer reviewed sources! Not to mention, it will have a much greater impact on your life. So whoever you decide to vote for, just get out there and do it!
I hope this was able to help those who were still standing on the precipice of whether they wanted to vote or not, and until next time, keep on reading!
P.S. – Here’s a link to the debate I mentioned before: Maclean’s National Leaders Debate 2015