Hello Canadian friends!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know what time it is … election season!
Do you vote?
Umm, and why not?!
After an unofficial poll of a few of the non-voters in my life, I realized that the reason lots of people don’t vote is because they don’t know much about politics. Fair enough. Probably the majority of Canadian citizens don’t know much (or as much as they pretend to know) about our electoral system. We are so privileged to live in a country where we have the opportunity to vote and influence change. Luckily, here’s a new tool to help you out.
Created by political scientists, Vote Compass will help you figure out which political party/platforms you most relate to/agree with.
Go to this CBC link and try it out for yourself:
Be honest. If you don’t know anything about the topic in question, click “don’t know” and move on. I wholeheartedly suggest doing this quick quiz with a notepad and pen at hand. Write down the topics that you don’t know much about and over the coming weeks, Google it! You’ve got until May 2 to read up on the issues that are being most discussed/debated during this campaign. Before you mark your ballot, find out which riding you live in and Google your candidates, too. We live in an age that makes it ridiculously easy to be informed. If you still feel overwhelmed/confused/unsure/uninformed, go back to this link and do the quiz again after you’ve done a bit of research. Maybe your results will have changed.
As if you needed another reason, here’s Rick Mercer:
Do you vote? Why? Why not?