Vote Like You’ve Never Voted Before!
Hail! Hail! Democracy reigns!
The flags of freedom are waving strong on this fair Monday-in-May morn!
Today dear friends, is the day we have all been waiting for!
(Or was it the day nobody wanted?)
Today, of course, is Election Day in Canada!
Are the winds of change – as Jack Layton suggested – blowing?
Are we in for a big surprise? Or just more of the same?
Whatever happens, the best way to ensure that you do not wake up disappointed and unrepresented tomorrow is to get out there today and VOTE!
I strongly encourage all of our readers to go to avaaz.org and look up your riding on their poll breakdown. Just type your postal code into the box in the top right corner of their site, and it will show you just how close the race is in the riding you live in. In this election the difference of even 200 votes could be crucial to the outcome. So if you live in a battleground riding, it is that much more important that you take the time to cast your ballot!
Most polling stations will be open until 9:30pm tonight – so “I had to work” is no excuse!
Just think of it as a really urgent trip to the bank… You’ve stood in line for 20 minutes there. And today we are all making a significant investment in our future.
Many among us have mentioned that the recent democratic uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East are a call to action, not just for the oppressed people there, but also to those of us lucky enough to live in democratic nations like Canada. We must not take our democratic privilege for granted, lest it erode and crumble beneath us. (And we have already heard warnings that this process has begun in our own backyard).
I am heartened by the news that this year’s advanced polls yielded 1/3 more voters than in our last election. And if those numbers indicate the trend we will likely see across the country today, then there may be hope for us, and for Canadian democracy yet!
Now get out there and “vote like an egyptian” (but without the threat of violent military intervention…I hope).