Make A Difference With Your Vote
On the tails of an uncalled-for federal election, Calgarians are somewhat disinterested in Calgary’s civic election. The federal election has created a lack of interest in the political system even though this 2021 civic election is going to be a decisive change for Calgarians. This has also interrupted the civic election campaigning leaving many wondering if their vote will really make a difference.
There were many reasons why 28% of eligible voters in 2011 and 23% in the 2015 federal election did not vote. In Calgary’s 2017 civic election 41.9% of Calgarians didn’t vote even though it was the highest voter turnout in 40 years. The most common reason reported for not voting was not being interested in politics, followed by being too busy.
We will only get the kind of government we want by using the most effective tool at our disposal — the ballot. To get a true representation of a getting a government that is chosen by and for the people everyone that qualifies must participate in the voting process. Statistics have shown that those who are born and raised as Canadians participate the least, while immigrants have the highest turnout of voters.
We have seen how one vote can Make A Difference in the past, with Federally the Liberals ousting the PCs, and how the NDP overthrew the PCs in Alberta are some examples. Even Mayor Nenshi came up from behind to win over the popular forerunners Ric McIver and Barb Higgins. A change can be made by voting, even though it is only one voice out of a thousand.
Then Vote to voice your opinion because it does count. Democracy doesn’t work if people don’t participate. Be sure to vote for the type of government you have envisioned that will benefit the way you live. And while you’re at it, be sure to spread the word about how important it is to vote and how it can Make A Difference.
Reasons for not voting -Statistics Canada
Reasons for not voting in the federal election, October 19, 2015 -Statistics Canada
Voter turnout highest in 40 years in Calgary -Michael Franklin, CTVNewsCalgary.ca
Making a difference by voting – Weirton Daily Times
Elections Canada 'sorry' people didn't vote because of long lineups -Jeremiah Rodriguez, CTV News.ca Writer
What’s behind low voter turnout in Canada’s election? Experts seek answers -Aaron D'Andrea, Global News