bc municipal election 2014
I worked for one of the campaigns and while things can get heated on the campaign trail, once the election has passed, you put your banners down and work with each other. That's something I've learned over the last few years. You may not agree with your MP or MLA or city councillor, but at the end of the day, they are your representative and your voice in government.
And yes, it might seem boring to you. But they aren't bored. They like that stuff. That's why they ran. A democracy is only democratic if due process -- as tedious as it might seem -- is followed. Better them than you. That's worthy of a vote, is it not?
Contrary to where you might think I'm going with all this, young people aren't completely in silence. Younger people are more frequent campaigners than older people and are increasingly mobilizing for causes of all varieties.
Local elections for mayor and council are around the corner in British Columbia. The more I learn and read about elections and government, the more I feel the political process needs to radically change.
In Vancouver, less than one in five eligible voters re-elected Gregor Robertson in 2011. In Victoria, less than one in six re-elected Dean Fortin. In Nanaimo, Kamloops, and Prince George, less than one in seven elected their mayors.