Musings from the ever-changing, ever-amazing and occasionally ever-baffling Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Election Day

I've been delighted that this blog has experienced a great deal of traffic recently. Who knew that my thoughts regarding the fight between a local greenhouse/landscaping business and their neighbours would be so popular a blog post? Not I, people. I'm not above capitalizing on this surge in popularity to bring you a message, though. So, if you came to read about Dunvegan Gardens that's a bit prior to this post - but why not stick around and read this one, too?

Yesterday we learned that Osama bin Laden is dead. Today is the federal election. You're probably wondering how these two events are connected. There may not be a direct connection but I think there is a link.

 I've written previously about our abysmal electoral turnout rate. I'd love to see this be the election where we actually turn out in droves and vote like mad. If only 21% of us actually vote does that give the winner any real sense of mandate? Does that reflect our opinion of democracy in action?

Look, I don't care who you vote for. I don't even care if you spoil your ballot with a giant black X. Just go vote. On the day after we learned of the death of Osama bin Laden what better way to express our belief in democracy than to go and exercise our right to vote? I don't believe in celebrating the death of anyone, including a terrorist - but I think if we are going to celebrate in any way then expressing our democratic freedom might just be the right way to do it. Polling stations are open from 7:30 - 7:30. See you there, Fort Mac.

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