Canadians Need to Wake Up – Opinion by Markus Noé
This is a country suffering from the minority government blues. Since Stephen Harper was elected in 2006 Canadians have been forced to remain in election “mode”. This prorogation has done nothing but remind voters of how ineffective a minority government is.
Maybe that was the point? Either way the main issue during the next inevitable election should not be about the economy, climate change, or harsher punishments for criminals. Those issues have all been discussed enough, its time for final arguments.
The luxury for voters who are constantly bombarded by their politician’s platforms is that we are all well informed on the issues of today. Not only are we well informed but we have been dealing with the same issues for years now, so solutions should be obvious. The government’s own bureaucracy keeps parliament at a snail’s pace on its own. It doesn’t need split votes and prorogations to slow it down any further.
Its circumstances like the one we are in now that makes movements like “rock the vote” imperative. The time has come to stop letting a minority of our population decide the outcome of elections. Voter turn out, especially among the youth is diminishing every election. Voter turn out statistics have been painting this same picture for decades now. Canadians are smart enough to decide who will best represent them, and the onus is on us to do that.
A contributing factor to our problem is that there are too many parties and platforms to split the vote. The Conservatives are on an island of their own with their ideals as are the Bloc, but the NDP and the Liberals could find mutual ground on a variety of issues. A combination of ideas and platforms could be just what the doctor ordered. It certainly worked out well for the for Alliance party.
This would allow voters to be able to clearly identify the differences between the two parties and our odds of getting a much needed majority government would increase. It is time to take responsibility for ourselves and end this nonsense. We need to put our complete confidence into one party and give them four or maybe even five years to accomplish something. Anything is better than letting these endless déjà vu’s of election promises and prorogations to continue.
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