I have no idea who I am voting for yet, is anyone else in the same boat?!
So this is one of my few posts that is basically just for the Canadians who read this blog, but if you are American please just take one thing away from all of this: VOTE! Like seriously, there is no excuse not to. You have the responsibility to vote and should be doing it every single time there is something to vote on. Let your voices be heard!! Unless you are the toddler upstairs right now, and then hush your voice child! And stop jumping off the couch over my bedroom. You don’t need to be crying SO MUCH.
Okies, so back to Canadian politics.
In Canada, our campaign time is like 6 weeks. Now I know that seems bananas for Americans, because you spend like a year having to deal with campaigns?! Pfft that is straight up insanity and I for one am glad that I live in a country were 6-weeks is the limit.
We go to the polls on October 21st and I need to vote. I didn’t vote last year when we had provincial elections and I feel horrible. As a woman, and as a person who holds an honours degree in political science, I expect more from myself.
So this year I am forcing myself to do more, and to be better. I don’t really know a lot about what the platforms are right now BUT I did find a great series to watch from CBC. I follow their twitter and I got the following links from there. Each one is a sit down discussion with each of the 4 main party leaders. They are 45 minutes long, but I just watched one and it didn’t seem that long at all. It’s worth it if you really want to know about the party’s platforms.
I’m a strange political person. I am definitely a “small c” conservative person. Both in my own values and morals, but also in how I act. I’ve always been that way, I think it has something to do with being raised in Christianity. I’m just conservative in so many ways. But I can truthfully say I don’t think I have ever voted Conservative in my life. Their platforms never match my own way of thinking, even as a conservative person.
I do love the NDP. I am a true socialist at heart and believe in a lot of socialist ideals. Like not the extremes of course, but the main ideals. I am very much in favour of not having a dictatorship.
I generally tend to vote Liberal. I’m not really a ‘little l” liberal in my own life (I’m religious, no sex before marriage, no drugs, no alcohol, I don’t think Id ever get an abortion etc), but then maybe I am. Just because I am a conservative person doesn’t mean that I think my values should be thrust upon others. Just because I don’t choose a specific lifestyle or make certain liberal choices for myself doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have the right to make those choices for yourself. Have I lost you yet?
And what’s left is the Green Party. Yeah….the green party…
Okies, so here’s the deal. Yes, I understand a lot of people think that our current Prime Minister, while still a hottie with a body, is a noob. I get it. I’m kind of glad we had a second Trudeau in office. I missed the first “Trudeaumania” because my parents hadn’t even met yet during his THREE TERMS in office (heck yes you did Pierre! Way to go boo!) So I’m glad I got to experience a little bit of it now. And even through all his mistakes, I kind of think he’s done a semi-decent job over the last four-years. Semi-decent.
Then there is what’s his face running for the Conservative Party (y’all can see how much love I have for him just from that one sentence). He’s kind of a major poop canoe if you ask me. Like I’ve said, I don’t vote Conservative, but even if I did, I wouldn’t vote for him. Just looking at his face makes me want to throat punch him with a chair, and I can’t have my PM being someone who I want to throat punch with a chair. If you are thinking of voting Conservative JUST BECAUSE they are “opposite” of Liberals, I implore you to do research and then make up your mind. If after research you still feel the same way, then all the power to ya! Vote as your heart tells you to.
Onto NDP. Jagmeet Singh took over after Jack Layton died. Now I wanted Jack to be PM SO BADLY!! He would have been our Barrack Obama. I truly believe that. But now it’s Jagmeet Singh, and while I haven’t really been paying too much attention to what he’s been doing, I only really read/hear good things.
And the Green Party. Oh Elizabeth May. Girl….ya don’t have a chance. I’m sorry. Ya never have a chance. But you rock each election HARD every four years and I have to hand it to you, it can’t be easy to be the leader of your party. And I would love to see a female PM that was actually voted in (Kim Campbell, you don’t count. I can’t even be bothered to google if I got your name right.) I almost wasn’t going to watch her Face to Face segment but I will. Just to support a fellow female.
I’m spending my weekend making myself a little more informed. If you’re Canadian and would like to do the same, here are the links to the “Face to Face” series that CBC put out:
I also put a link to this survey on my twitter, it asks you lost of questions and helps you determine which party your ideals line up with. It might help you out.
Thank you for listening to my political ramblings. There will be no more until the next election!