Think be­fore you vote


As an­other multi-mil­lion-dol­lar elec­tion looms over the hori­zon, I re­ally don’t have any idea who to vote for in this elec­tion. They say ev­ery in­di­vid­ual of vot­ing age should ex­er­cise their demo­cratic right to vote, which is a great thing.

How­ever, if our past elected min­is­ters can’t even get the ba­sics right, what are we re­ally vot­ing for? Are we vot­ing them in on the grounds that we like the look of their face and you give a great speech, or my great-grand­fa­ther voted PC or Lib­eral and I will to?

New­found­land pol­i­tics has seen its share of dis­as­ters in the past. Maybe we should re­ally study a leader’s char­ac­ter and what they ac­tu­ally do be­fore we vote them into a six-digit salary and op­u­lent pen­sion.

From an en­vi­ron­men­tal per­spec­tive, I have watched these elected min­is­ters pass the buck nu­mer­ous times in re­gards to the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues I ad­dressed to them over the years. They have seemed per­plexed and hard to find when a job re­ally had to be done right and in a timely way. The sim­ple so­lu­tions for en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship I brought to their at­ten­tion could have been eas­ily re­solved and im­ple­mented if en­vi­ron­men­tal safety took prece­dence over the po­lit­i­cally safe choice.

What kind of world are we go­ing to live in if com­mon sense is con­tin­u­ally flushed down the toi­let by our politi­cians? If the tax­payer and com­mon man are go­ing to pay for such a ser­vice in the fu­ture, maybe our politi­cians should show the elec­torate how they can ac­tu­ally han­dle the ba­sics first.

I be­lieve any­one who can vote should do it very care­fully and make an in­formed de­ci­sion in ev­ery as­pect of life. Also, we can never lose sight of the fact that it is our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions who will have to pay the ul­ti­mate price en­vi­ron­men­tally and else­where for poor voter choices.

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