A job half done
I want to send out my congratulations to all the candidates who offered in last week’s provincial election.
You did your job as candidates. It was we, the public, who did not do ours.
Barely one half of the eligible electors bothered to come out and vote last Tuesday, the lowest rate in recent years. With the vote between the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives splitting at about 40 per cent each, that means only about 20 per cent of the population of the province actually voted in support of the government we now have. of Canada, voting in elections is a duty of citizenship along with serving on a jury and obeying the law. It’s there in black and white in the booklet the government provides along with the guide to taking the Canadian citizenship test.
The booklet, “Discovering Canada: The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship” puts it this way: “In Canada, rights come with responsibilities. These include ... ‘Voting in Elections (The right to vote comes with a responsibility to vote).”
One can only imagine the uproar if political parties decided they would not offer up candidates in the next election because nobody cares.
In our riding of Cumberland South, we had four well-qualified gentlemen who went to considerable effort and expense to ensure the citizens of the district could be informed voters. And we let them down by not coming out and voting.
“So is voting a right or an obligation? According to the Government of Canada, voting in elections is a duty of citizenship along with serving on a jury and obeying the law.”