Man, I love Elizabeth May. Everything that comes out of that woman’s mouth is just so darn sensible. Every time I see her on TV or hear her on the radio, I find myself nodding along in agreement. With EVERYTHING. Why is it so hard for all the other parties to see the obvious?
This morning I heard her on the CBC talking about Parliamentary Reform, and what needs to be done to make our system work again (representatives free to vote as their constituents would like, rather than towing the party line; coalitions or other alliances encouraged and approved; Senate abolished or made elected; crazy amounts of power given to the Prime Minister’s office, when he is not even elected to the position directly, removed). And I was like, yes, yes, and more yes.
I was reading a while back on Milan’s blog about how maybe the Green Party should restrict themselves to talking about the environment only. The idea behind it is that the Greens have important stuff to say on the environment, but if someone is turned off by their opinion on a lesser issue – say, their immigration policy or their health care plan – they will reject the whole party. Personally, I think the role of the Greens right now is to bring in some fresh blood and new ideas. And to be sensible. And if Ms. May has ideas on anything plaguing Canada right now, I want to listen. She just makes sense.
The really frustrating thing for me in this election, and indeed every election, is that my riding sucks. It’s considered a Conservative “safe seat” in that I don’t think we have ever elected anyone who was not a conservative, federally or provincially. In fact, my riding is the only one east of Manitoba to ever elect a Reform candidate – stand proud, my brothers! If there were something to the right of the Conservatives – and then something farther to the right of THEM – my neighbours would be all over it.
So although the Liberal party has produced an excellent candidate here (shout out to Karen McCrimmon!), she has no chance. Whether I vote for the Greens, or the Liberals, or the NDP (who have totally and rightly given up here by offering up a sacrificial lamb of a new-grad candidate), it’s like throwing my vote away. Don’t get me wrong, I will be there on voting day and I will cast my vote. But all the time I am investing in learning about the issues and researching my local candidates and carefully weighing my decision feels…meaningless.
Everyone around here has already decided to vote Conservative (the number of conservative lawn signs on my street is FRIGHTENING); my riding even throws tons of money at the local candidate and the party on an annual basis. It’s all just so FRUSTRATING.
As I get older I find I care so much more about things, but it feels like my vote just does not matter. How is it I ended up living in a place like this?