Tuesday, April 12, 2011

election 2011

this morning as mike and i were walking to the bus stop, a bus pulled up...
should we run?  nah...
yeah! let's run...

it seems more often than not the bus is arriving at the stop just as i exit my apartment.  it's sort of similar to a yellow light.  slow down and stop or speed up and make it....  it depends on the day but usually i opt for the sprint because i know it's usually another ten minutes or so before the next bus arrives.  it was an older bus, packed full of people.  we arrived at high park station and were pleasantly greeted with some campaign flyers for the incumbent mp in my riding..  i gladly accepted a flyer and out of the corner of my eye i noticed gerard kennedy was there handing out flyers himself, answering questions and shaking hands. 

awareness.  a theme that has been consistent in my life over the past few weeks.  i liked seeing him out there, making people aware... and thought it was a smart place to be for that riding.  it created a sense of respect for him.  and i'm happy when i see the candidates out campaigning and not just their loyal volunteers.  it showed me that he personable, hardworking and strategic at the very least.


i feel fortunate, happy and inspired to have run into him on my morning commute.  i wonder what the other candidates are up to....  i heard the three (out of four) of them on metro morning yesterday.  i guess it would only be of interest to those in the parkdale-highpark riding... but if you're curious here is a link:
http://www.cbc.ca/metromorning/episodes/2011/04/11/parkdale-high-park/

considering the turn out of the 2008 federal election was 58.8%, the biggest battle seems to be getting people out to the polls.  it frustrates me.  people have the lamest excuses for something that is ever so important.  if you're not informed, ask someone.  use the internet.  read a newspaper.  listen to the radio.  you don't need to be a rocket scientist to choose a candidate.  if you claim not to "like" any of them, go and throw your ballot, but at least do something.  you know why it's important, i don't have to tell you.  i don't have to tell you about the people who have fought for their right to vote, and guilt you into realizing how not voting is abusing yours. 

with all that being said (or ranted), i know that there are a lot of people who are planning on voting in this election.  here is a helpful link that will answer pretty much any of your questions...

http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=vot&lang=e

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Where did get this ability to lecture people on their voting interests? And I wonder how that existentialist Albert Camus would vote or for that matter how Marvin Gaye would vote if either of them were Canadian and still alive.
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