Stop being apathetic voters
It’s the middle of election time in Newfoundland and Labrador, and I am back in all my glee. I haven’t been this excited since the municipal elections in 2013.
Every time I tell people I have an interest in provincial and municipal politics, besides the weird looks, I get people asking ‘ Why.’
There is not one answer. I like politicians. I enjoy a good debate. When there is conflict between parties, I like to compare my personal opinions to those of the politicians. But mostly, it’s good entertainment.
Earlier this year a record number of people turned out to the nominations for Liberals for the new district of Carbonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde. Thousands of votes were cast, and resulted in Steve Crocker getting the nod. And everyone seems to have an opinion.
But how many people are genuinely interested in who their new representative will be in the House of Assembly come Nov. 30? How many people will cast a vote? And which areas are more involved than others?
Like previous years and previous elections, there are many signs posted on public streets. But it seems less and less yard signs are making their way on to personal property.
Is this a sign of apathy? And how could we know?
Ask yourself if there is anything you would like to see happen in this province and if your candidates could bring those issues to the forefront. Many people just assume because of polls, the election may be one-sided. Does that mean you give up?
Every vote counts. If you don’t believe that, ask Placentia Mayor Wayne Power Jr., who won his seat in 2013 by a handful of votes.
In Trinity-Conception-Placentia, we have a unique situation. We had two districts combine to make one — Car- bonear-Trinity-Bay de Verde — and as of our deadline day no one was running for the Progressive Conservatives.
The Harbour Grace-Port de Grave district has a popular incumbent facing off against a candidate who has been very vocal and present in the region in recent months.
Placentia-St. Mary’s has a high profile, former unelected cabinet minister facing off against a familiar face and name in the district.
As for Harbour Main, where a big name cabinet minister decides not to run again, it’s big news who could replace him.
Are the Liberals riding high on the coattails of the federal Grits majority government win? Or are they a powerhouse on their own?
Will the PCs step up and earn seats to make this an in- terest next four years?
And will the NDP continue to make gains, and perhaps keep a few seats?
So many questions, but the answer falls along the shoulders of you, the voter. Who do you want to see run the province? Who would you like to see represent your district?
I recommend getting to know your candidates, learn about the issues and place your X on a ballot on Nov. 30.
Ask yourself if there is anything you would like to see happen in this province and if your candidates could bring those issues to the forefront.
Melissa Jenkins is a reporter/ photographer for The Compass newspaper. She can be reached at