For those of you who might not know, on June 7th, there was an election in Ontario for our Premier.
This election was gaining a lot of heat because our last Premier basically trashed our economy. She was, of course, running again as the party leader, but before the end of the campaign, she resigned as leader. The official opposition was led by the brother of the former mayor of Toronto. Some of you might have remembered him from his crazy antics that even got him on the Jimmy Kimmel show! Rob Ford was his name, and apparently snorting cocaine was his game.
For most people, those are the only two parties that matter: the Liberals (who were already in power) and the conservatives. There are other parties as well, NDP (New Democratic Party) which is our socialist party. The Green Party which supports environmental issues, Independents, and some others. Sometimes it’s a real mish-mash of parties depending on where you are voting.
I kind of hate when people ask me who I support because I honestly can’t decide on one party. I am very much in favour of the NDP, but after their party leader died a few years ago, I haven’t really been trusting it. He was famous and made the party what it is today. Their platform for Ontario had great ideas but lacked the implementation process to really make it work.
Then we come to Liberals and Conservatives. Liberals, being in power, got a lot of my negative judgement this time. Four years ago in the last election, I voted Liberal. Mostly because they are very teacher-friendly, and I was just in my first year as an actual licensed teacher in Ontario, AND on the cusp of a second teacher’s strike in less than 2 years.
I generally support a Conservative platform over a Liberal one. Liberals tend to be higher on the taxation increases. But I also hardly ever get the chance to vote Conservative. For many years, the riding I lived in was a very Liberal community and I knew the incumbent personally (and worked with her son) and she was amazing, so she got my vote.
But then this year came around, and I lacked all ambition or interest in the election. Coming from someone who spent five years of her life earning a degree in political science, this was a shock. I love elections! When I turned 18, it was an election year and just a few short weeks after my birthday I was one of the first people in line at the polling station.
Not this year. This year I could care less. And I’m going to admit that I didn’t even vote. Yeah – that’s how much I didn’t care. Didn’t. Even. Vote.
Part of it was because I couldn’t see myself fully supporting any of the 3 main parties. I’m so disengaged from politics right now, especially after what the Liberals did to our province over the last four years. I didn’t want to support the brother of Mr. Cocaine, who basically made Toronto a laugh-stock all around the world. And the NDP, well they just lacked so much this time around.
In past years, even if I have felt like not support any party, I’ve still voted. If a party gets at least 2.5% of the vote (that number might be wrong, it’s been a while since I was in any sort of political class), then they get $2 (again, number could be wrong) for every vote they received in order to help fund their next campaign.
I think that’s pretty awesome!! So in past years, when I was feeling rather disheartened with the whole process, I would go and vote for the party I hoped would be better the next time around. Then I could at least be happy in the fact that they were benefiting from my vote. It was so bad that I didn’t even feel like doing that this year!
I’m not sure what exactly is up with me lately, but I’m over this disconnect with things that matter. It’s starting to get annoying.