What are you doing reading my blog right now? Don’t you know there’s this election thing happening in Canada today? Go and vote! Then come and read my blog- I’ll wait.
Done voting? Excellent. I had thought about doing the advanced voting last weekend, but since I had a turkey to make- no go. This morning however- I was first in line at my local polling station waiting for the doors to open. That’s mostly because I finished a night shift and the polling station was a couple blocks away from our home. The timing was impeccable.
It’s going to be a rainy and miserable day in the Vancouver area. Not only will it be miserable because of the weather… but also because we are the last province to be counted. Many of the other provinces will have their numbers in and whatever the west does isn’t likely to skew the vote in either direction. But I have the opportunity to place an ❌ inside of a circle next to a name of some candidate I think will be best for my needs. So I chose someone.
And making the choice this year was difficult. I finally narrowed it down to two candidates and made my choice as I stared at the paper of names behind the cardboard cutout. Maybe you were better informed than I was. Maybe you just vote the same way every time. But a vote is still a vote.
Tell your family to vote.
Tell your friends to vote.
Tell your coworkers to vote.
Tell your neighbor to vote.
Tell the barista to vote.
Tell the traffic safety person to vote.
Tell a complete stranger to vote.
You get the idea. Make everyone have their voice heard today.
If you read all the way to the end before hitting the polling station- all I want to say is “Go Vote!“
I lost my day today.
It wasn’t like it didn’t happen. On the contrary, lots happened which is why I’ve lost my day. More like lost control of the day.
First was an early morning Speed Skating Meet. It was the first one at our club for the season. So at least it was close by. In between my children’s races I was trying to finish a book- Aramada. So I often got lost in the story while waiting.
On the way home, I had to stop and put in my vote for a Mayor, some township councilors, and some school trustees. This opened up a healthy discussion about politics with my 12 and 14 year olds. They asked who and why I was voting for certain people. As much as I don’t want to create a bias in their future plans- I couldn’t very well not talk about it with them.
At home we had a late lunch and the kids showered up. We had bought a large picnic pork roast, so I carved it into four different meals. A big hunk for tonight’s dinner in the slow cooker. Some got cubed and tossed in the freezer for future use. I sliced a bunch for breakfasts later this week. That left the bone- which will go towards a split pea soup later this autumn.
Now I am waiting to pick up our 16 year old at school. She participated in a 48 hour Zoom Fest. It started Thursday at 5pm and ended today. The students had that time to create a short film. I hope to see the results at some point, but for now- I’m impressed by her commitment to a deadline and her ability to work with others on such a project.
So my day just went quickly and was filled with a lot of life. Maybe I didn’t lose my day after all.
Rather- I lived it.
Today is a Provincial Election vote in British Columbia. And as usual the voting goes like this:
Party number one is in power and wants to stay. They have the most ads in place stating all of the wonderful things they’ve done while in power. They are also able to point out the worst case scenarios if party number two gets in.
Party number two is a strong opposition and wants in. They are quite good at showing all the bad that party number one has done while in power. They also promise a lot to the people with hopes it will capture more votes.
Party number three has the values that most people agree with, but has never been in office, so most people are unsure if it would be wise to stray from one of the two main parties and vote them in.
Voting is a right that we are lucky to have in our country. Sharing your opinion through social media is also our right. A recent share on social media pointed out in a not so subtle manner that because people voted for party number three, those votes could have gone to party number two and defeated party number one. This bothers me.
It bothers me because part of the logic is correct. If all of those votes went to party two, yes party one would be out. But why scare those who support party three? I struggle with this as well because my heart tells me to vote one way, but my brain tells me to vote another. And my voting history tells me whoever I vote for never wins.
So, do I vote for a party whose values I agree with?
Or do I vote for a party in order to give them more votes and hope they defeat the one in power?
Or do I vote for the one in power and hope that my bad luck robs them of their place in power?
I probably won’t know until I mark my ballot.
Or I could be a non-voter.
And I feel fine.
That’s pretty much the extent of my opinions on politics south of our Canadian border. It’s also pretty much my feelings regarding Canadian politics. I don’t tend to discuss or get into heated debates with friends, family, colleagues, or coworkers over any of this.
Voting and politics in general is emotionally rough. There’s always a winning side and losing side(s). My social media blew up over the past 24 hours. I even shared some images and links myself. I admit that I got caught up in the moment.
But in the end, we are all in this together. So “Don’t be a dick!” when sharing your views or opinions. Healthy debate is much more civilized than name calling and fear mongering.