Election 2011 – Rock The Vote – Create Change – Be Heard!

 Good morning kids.

I apologize that I didn’t write this piece a month ago. But I suppose that today is better than not writing it at all.

There has been a prevalent attitude to what some would call apathy towards this election. Especially among young Canadian voters. However, I don’t see it as apathy at all. I have been listening to the comments on and offline and to me it seems more like confusion, anger, frustration and a feeling of disenfranchisement toward the parties and leaders.

The “anyone but Harper” movements are a terrific example. If everyone who posted a status on their Facebook or Twitter with an anyone but Harper message united to support a party, any party, and used their votes we could see some genuine change.

The #1 thing I’ve heard from young (18-30 year old) voters is that they don’t feel as though they can get behind either of the “big three” leaders. They don’t trust that Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff or Jack Layton will best represent their views. They’ve grown tired of campaign promises and misrepresentations. They want change.

Well guess what kids – the best way to create change is through work. Choose a party whose platform, vision, ideals you can support. And then you can campaign for a change in leadership.

Believe me, I would love to see new leadership in the party that I support. In fact, I have a couple of very strong candidates in mind. I believe that the change would provide new life to the party. And I also believe that either of the candidates would help to engage the youth vote in Canada.

The details of those thoughts are best saved for another day though. Maybe to be discussed over beers with people that won’t get all angry and throw the Scrabble board.

But I digress. The real reason I wanted to write today is to ask, beg and plead with each and every one of you to go out and vote tomorrow.

I don’t care if you vote Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Green or other. I don’t care if you vote in the morning, afternoon or evening. I don’t care if you don’t tell anyone at all who you voted for. Just please go out and make your vote count. And remember that it does count. No matter what you may think.

Tomorrow is election day. Whether you wanted it to be or not. And you have a chance, right and responsibility to vote. Please don’t pass that up.

Stop in and leave a comment here after you’ve voted. You don’t have to tell us who you voted for or why, just that you cast your ballot. I’d appreciate it.

Thanks a lot kids, rest up, tomorrow is a big day, be Awesome!

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4 comments on Election 2011 – Rock The Vote – Create Change – Be Heard!

  1. You have my Vote!

    (I just write your name at the bottom right?)

    1. Joshua says:

      Give me a few years and you’ll be able to check my name off for reals – until then I say we stick with the names on the ballot.

  2. Steve says:

    I voted last week. Now I’m currently feeling some of your Game 7 anxiety, waiting for tomorrow to come and go so I can find out what happenned! Also, I had no idea you had political aspirations. I would love to compare notes on how you think a person gets from here to Parliment Hill(or Queen’s Park etc)

    1. Joshua says:

      My political aspirations have only ever really been as big as a small town city hall… maybe I’ll go back to Port Hope again some day.

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Election 2011 – Rock The Vote – Create Change – Be Heard!

 Good morning kids.

I apologize that I didn’t write this piece a month ago. But I suppose that today is better than not writing it at all.

There has been a prevalent attitude to what some would call apathy towards this election. Especially among young Canadian voters. However, I don’t see it as apathy at all. I have been listening to the comments on and offline and to me it seems more like confusion, anger, frustration and a feeling of disenfranchisement toward the parties and leaders.

The “anyone but Harper” movements are a terrific example. If everyone who posted a status on their Facebook or Twitter with an anyone but Harper message united to support a party, any party, and used their votes we could see some genuine change.

The #1 thing I’ve heard from young (18-30 year old) voters is that they don’t feel as though they can get behind either of the “big three” leaders. They don’t trust that Stephen Harper, Michael Ignatieff or Jack Layton will best represent their views. They’ve grown tired of campaign promises and misrepresentations. They want change.

Well guess what kids – the best way to create change is through work. Choose a party whose platform, vision, ideals you can support. And then you can campaign for a change in leadership.

Believe me, I would love to see new leadership in the party that I support. In fact, I have a couple of very strong candidates in mind. I believe that the change would provide new life to the party. And I also believe that either of the candidates would help to engage the youth vote in Canada.

The details of those thoughts are best saved for another day though. Maybe to be discussed over beers with people that won’t get all angry and throw the Scrabble board.

But I digress. The real reason I wanted to write today is to ask, beg and plead with each and every one of you to go out and vote tomorrow.

I don’t care if you vote Conservative, Liberal, NDP, Green or other. I don’t care if you vote in the morning, afternoon or evening. I don’t care if you don’t tell anyone at all who you voted for. Just please go out and make your vote count. And remember that it does count. No matter what you may think.

Tomorrow is election day. Whether you wanted it to be or not. And you have a chance, right and responsibility to vote. Please don’t pass that up.

Stop in and leave a comment here after you’ve voted. You don’t have to tell us who you voted for or why, just that you cast your ballot. I’d appreciate it.

Thanks a lot kids, rest up, tomorrow is a big day, be Awesome!

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