Today is election day in Ontario. Elections seem to bring out the worst and the best in people. Sadly on social media much of that is negative and I for one will be very happy when it is all over. I do not believe in strategic voting. I do not like the system of how new premiers get elected. It seems very antiquated. As far as I am concerned it should be the party with the most votes, not the most seats that wins in the end. I am funny like that.. but it seems only fair if the most people want a certain party, then that should be the one that wins.
I especially urge women to vote. It has just been over 100 years since we got this right! It has historically been a right that women had to fight for until the early 1900’s. If you link to this page it gives you a brief history of this process:
“Women got the federal vote in three stages: the Military Voters Act of 1917 allowed nurses and women in the armed services to vote; the Wartime Election Act extended the vote to women who had husbands, sons or fathers serving overseas; and all women over 21 were allowed to vote as of January 1, 1919. Provincially, women were given the vote in 1916 in the four western provinces, in 1917 in Ontario, in 1918 in Nova Scotia, in 1919 in New Brunswick, in 1922 in Prince Edward Island, and in 1940 in Quebec.”
I also believe in not voting according to the nonsense the media puts out to the public.. instead I believe in having a look at each party’s platform to see what their policies will be based on to see which is in line with my own beliefs and will make me feel like I voted for the party that is going to do the best job for me, my environment, my family, my future, my healthcare and my financial well being. I know it sounds like I am asking a lot, but also do realize that nothing in politics is perfect so choose the one I can go to bed feeling good about knowing, that even if it is not the party that wins anything, I feel good about being true to my own values.
Young people should be given instruction on political platforms in school, so they too feel comfortable in the political area and can vote with confidence for their own future, not just the vote their parents believe is the best for themselves.
So after today we will all continue to go about our lives with whatever government is chosen, and will need to live with it for the next four years. I for one will be happy to see all the signs gone from the landscape. It reminds me of an old song,
“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind
Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?”
Five Man Electrical Band
So smile, 🙂 carry on with your day, exercise your right to vote and continue to remind your government representatives they need to be accountable to the people that they now represent.