Do you vote?
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|Wed, 05-21-2014 - 10:00pm|
Canadian politics and American politics are quite different in oh-so-many ways. And we, in Ontario, are in the middle of a provincial election. In so many ways, it is kind of useless but is happening because our provincial government was a minority government (when the last election was called-only 2 1'2 or 3 years ago, I think?-it was a minority by 1.)And when our Premier-the first female Premier who-gasp-dares to be openly Gay -put forward her budget, she did not have enough members to pass it. And her usual ally from another party said "Nope, not this time!" So here we are-hearing promises that will probably never be kept, from -people I'm not sure I'd trust but feeling I must choose one of them. And yet-we don't choose the Premier-we choose a member of her party(or his party)for our area& the party with the most votes wins. Essentially it is how all our elections go-we don't have an electoral college, & while it is easy to say "Majority wins"-our Prime Minister won his job with only 39% of the vote. (we have more than 2 parties here)
Do I vote? Yes, I do-& Adam was always very proud to vote. I used to go into the booth to help him read the ballot but I never influenced his decision. Mike & I often don't vote the same way-which he says makes it senseless. But, if I don't vote-how can I complain about what they do? And everyone knows I am good at complaining!
Do YOU vote? Always? Sometimes? Do you & DH vote the same way? Do you have party loyalty-or do you decide differently each time? (I decide each time how I will vote-right now I strongly dislike our MPP-so I hope we can get rid of the jerk the dear man this time.)
And curiousity makes me ask-do you understand Canadian politics? We studied American politics in school-plus I'm a bit of a news junkie, so I do try to keep up on it.