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Vote Your Privileged Opinion
Be sure to Make The M.A.D. Move to reflect your opinion to see who runs Canada for the next four years. It is a privilege to vote and Your Vote Can Make A Difference. For the best reflection of how the majority wants our country to be run requires a very high voter turn-out. The privilege of voting is something that we as Canadians have taken for granted. In an election such as the upcoming federal election on October 21, 2019, with so much uninterest and much distrust usually results in a low voter turn out.
At first, only a privileged few influential individuals, particularly men owning property, were allowed to cast a vote to decide policy for every Canadian citizen. After 50 years of Confederation women in Canada were permitted to vote in 1918. In 1948 more citizens were allowed to vote when laws preventing the denial of voting rights due to race were added to the constitution and in 1955 the exclusion of voters on the basis of their religion became law.
Male aboriginals were permitted to vote from the time of Confederation, however, they had to give up their Aboriginal status to become a Canadian citizen. In 1960 Canada addressed the particularly difficult and complex issue of granting Aboriginal persons the right to vote without giving up their status. And in 1970 a greater portion of the population was given the privilege to choose the candidate of their choice in an election when the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18.
Voter turnout at Canadian federal elections has declined over the last 60 years and the largest percentage are the younger voters. The concerns of the greater percentage of voters, particularly the older generation, have the greatest impact is why elections focus on outdated actions to get them elected to please the majority rather than developing a Sustainable Circular Economy for the benefit of all Canadians.
This country needs the 18 to 35 year age group to make the M.A.D. Move to Make A Difference and voice their opinion to their needs. There is a need for a larger amount of the younger voting population to express their interests in developing a sustainable economy for themselves and future generations for change to happen. Greta Thunberg is a great example of how one youth opinion has affected the political landscape on climate change, even without having to vote.
It’s hard to vote when one is not sure who or which policies to vote for. Do you vote for the leader or party policies? Should you choose the candidate in your riding that will fight for your concerns? Are you concerned about climate change or do we build pipelines? Shall we increase taxes and beef up our services? Cut the unemployment rate, invest in infrastructure, reform government, build affordable housing, reform healthcare…so many things to choose to vote for. Vote for what concerns you.
If you’re interested in shaping the Canadian economy to your liking, then Make Your M.A.D. Move to voice your opinion. The privilege to vote has been a long-fought battle that has given every Canadian the right to choose so take advantage of it. Don’t waste your vote by not voting. Cast your vote this October 21, 2019, It’s Our Vote! -Make It Count.
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