I know that as a Canadian, the events of 9/11 and its outcome have a different meaning for me than for Americans, but Obama’s speech on bin Laden’s death and the reactions I’ve already seen across the media and internet have made me very, very uncomfortable.
I am really, really worried that in the aftermath and adrenaline rush of bin Laden’s death the federal election will be ignored or forgotten tomorrow. I need only look at my Facebook feed or Tumblr Dashboard to see people freaking out and making zombie bin Laden jokes already. Media and news coverage of the election will be lost in favour of reporting worldwide reactions to bin Laden’s death and the political atmosphere of Pakistan, the U.S., and other countries that have been involved in the post-9/11 war. People will want to know about it. People will be talking and asking about it. This is an historical event that will be remembered and taught for generations to come. But quite frankly, the more important event for Canada is the federal election today. And I know that the attention the federal election deserves will not be had.
World events can happen and turn the planet, but this is happening in our country. Bin Laden’s death is not unimportant, but the Canadian federal election is more important for Canadians. Certainly Canada will be affected by the outcome of his death; I do not deny that. But the most important event today is the federal election and the most important thing that Canadian individuals can do is vote. This year has been prodigious in political revolutions and I cannot stress enough how we, as Canadians, are privileged in that we can vote and elect our leader. Voting is a right, but it is also a responsibility, and if ever there was a time to cast aside apathy and indifference, it is now.
So please, Canadians of 18 and over, VOTE TODAY! The world has just witnessed a truly historic event, but that doesn’t mean the world stops! Go out and vote today and make a difference in your country.
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Public Opinion Polls 1962
There were Canadian federal general elections in 1957 1958 1962 1963 and 1965.
Going through old books of political cartoons, it is interesting to see that history does indeed ‘rhyme’.
During this era … nuclear weapons tests, Canadian medicare and the Canada Pension Plan, reduced veterans benefits, and our trade and military relationship with the US were among the topics covered.
This isn’t the first time, folks. Let’s get something done to rival the 60s this time around.
Today, you can make a difference….or you can sit and watch the world go by. Take action, Canada!
I will be supporting the Liberal Party of Canada but who ever you think should represent you in your riding, at least have your say and vote.
Go to Elections Canada’s website, type in your postal code and it’ll tell you where to vote. It’s open 9:30am-7pm.
You legally get 3 consecutive hours off work to go vote! SO DO IT!!!
Peter Russell, constitutional expert, talks about the Harper Government’s contempt for parliamentary democracy and what is at stake in the Canadian Election 2011.
Related Article: Peter Russell - Here’s what happens after the election (from The Globe and Mail)
One of the greatest experts on the Canadian Constitution. Please take 3 min. to watch!
I am very disappointed with your endorsement of the Conservative Party and Mr. Harper. All through this campaign, your writers and columnists have all written against the Harper government. Your writers have continuously criticized their record, their lack of priorities and their utter disrespect for Parliament and the Canadian people. You have made no good points in your endorsement. Remember, less than 40% of the Canadian population actually supports the Conservatives, not a majority. Yet your endorsement makes it out to seem that the Canadian people full out supports Harper. Perhaps what you’re trying to capture instead is the apathy that alot of people have about politics: they choose because they don’t know. Ignorance is bliss.
Your newspaper has done well in the past month to attempt to inform the Canadian people. Sadly, your endorsement means that the editors of this newspaper don’t trust their own writers. You editors should be ashamed of yourself for overlooking everything Harper has done to bypass Parliament and democracy.
I have lost a lot of respect for the Globe and Mail. The Canadian people should be disappointed too.
(Submitted by himynameisangelo)
Canada, the Liberals want to spend money on you, the Tories want to spend money on prisons and jets, and big oil and tax breaks for those that do not need it
Check your bank statement, there was a reduction in the FEDERAL family tax credit, my family is down over 200 dollars per month.
Please, please educate yourselves and find out what you are really voting for.