Dec 15, 2012 at 12:55:11
“Mr. Mulcair can count on my vote along with millions of other Canadians, come Oct 2015, if not sooner if Harpo & his Deform Party Flock who dress in sheep camouflage have enough guts to call a early election.
Anyone who voted for Harper's Flock of sheep should hang their heads in shame, because you contributed to ruining our great country.
“In Australians citizens 18 or over must all vote or pay a fine.
The voting at federal elections has been compulsory since 1924 for all citizens on the Commonwealth electoral roll. Anyone who is unable to provide a valid and sufficient reason to the Divisional Returning Officer for failure to vote at a federal election and who does not wish to have the matter dealt with by a Magistrates Court may pay a penalty of $20.00
Dec 3, 2012 at 16:32:02
“A federal judge described the Geo Group prison as "a cesspool of unconstitutional and inhuman acts."
We do not need any America or Canadian cesspools in Canada.”
AcunningDisguise on Dec 3, 2012 at 18:40:48
“They hire the cheapest help they can find and abuse is rampant.
Enough is enough this is direct abuse of citizens for American profit and the entire Private prison system has been a disaster in the US. Costs have bankrupt California already.
Thus the huge dump of prisoners.”
Nov 29, 2012 at 12:41:18
“People are disaffected from the system, they don't have faith their voice counts.
I've been voting since 1962, my party has never been in power, maybe they will in 2015. If you will not take the time to vote, then you should not be complaining.
God Bless Tommy Douglas.”
Martin Houde on Nov 29, 2012 at 13:36:32
“Even though I have voted 40 years less than you, I always voted NDP myself. For the first time, we elected one MP from the NDP here. It happens to be the youngest ever MP in Canadian Parliament (Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Sherbrooke).
Here's one bias : we are both arguing on a Huffpost blog. Hence, we both care more about politics than most people.
I did hear your arguments from older people born in the 50s (sorry, don't mean to call you old). The generation of my parents. It's not the same perspective. Back then, university meant a good job. Not anymore. And I know : I'm at the PhD level. Back then, government was good. Now, it's all small government.
We hear the same discourse since our birth. Now, we have to sustain austerity measures because of an older generation's economic faults (worldwide), and the first programs cut are those of the young (education, family, immigrant help, etc). Just look at the US. Entitlements are sacred cows. But discretionary spending is not, except defense. Education is part of discretionary spending, on the cutting block, almost entirely. That's a worldwide phenomenon. New jobs are in the service sector, retail, etc. Low-paying, little career job. The government is a safer haven, but in a small government minded movement, there's less and less jobs there. Hence, we lose faith in the whole system. Politics is just part of it.”
Nov 29, 2012 at 10:34:15
“Australians citizens 18 or over must all vote or pay a fine.
Voting at federal elections has been compulsory since 1924 for all citizens on the Commonwealth electoral roll. Anyone who is unable to provide a valid and sufficient reason to the Divisional Returning Officer for failure to vote at a federal election and who does not wish to have the matter dealt with by a Magistrates Court may pay a penalty of $20 (section 245).
No vote in Canada = 9,434,184 in our General Election 2011
We should have this law in Canada, but make the fine $100.00 a head.”
Adrian31 on Nov 29, 2012 at 13:10:32
“As Martin pointed out, not voting is as much a right as casting a ballot. What if one doesn't like any of the candidates or disagrees with the policies of all electable parties? Should one be forced to vote for someone they don't believe will benefit them or the country?
The simple answer is...No.”
Martin Houde on Nov 29, 2012 at 11:27:48
“Not voting is a democratic right. The way to fight it is not through coercion.
9 434 184 eligible voters who did not vote is a message. Like the canceled votes that are not counted, but should (you take the trouble to go and vote, and freely say that none of the options interests you). People are disaffected from the system, they don't have faith their voice counts. Sadly, our political class is not willing to listen to that message.
Especially with an aging population, younger voters have the feeling issues that matter to them don't count, and that their votes are drowned by the older vote. What issues are important in elections ? Health care, taxes, the economy. Even in Quebec, the higher education debate which raged during the Spring largely subsided during election campaign. Family programs were totally absent, and the environment barely registered. Those are the main things that matter to young voters. The economy matters too, of course, but to keep taxes low for the higher echelons doesn't.
Most of the political discourse is based on the biggest voting blocs : the middle aged and elderly. They are also more reliable voters. Hence, it's a circle, because political entities mostly focus on reliable votes, keeping out the young by the same process.”