The cornerstone of any democracy is listening to and learning from opposing views. Provincial Liberal leader Dwight Ball was on television over the holidays as the subject of a media interview in which he extolled the virtues of a provincial Liberal Party on the upswing in the popular vote.
Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum it can’t be denied that a strong opposition party is needed. The numbers are showing lately that the popularity of the Conservative government is on the decline at the same time the Liberals are gathering speed. Choice is a good thing. It keeps the ruling party in check while providing a voice for everyone else.
So if the polls are right and we are about to get a more solid opposition party after years of consistent ruling by another party, perhaps it’s time to work on getting ourselves to the polls when there’s an election.
Figures from Elections Canada show this province to be one of the worst in the country in terms of voter turnout. Excuses heard include knowing who will win anyway and not really caring.
It’s time to make it a New Year’s resolution to start caring. There are a lot of decisions coming our way that could affect the next 50 years. If we don’t take interest, someone else will and we probably won’t like the results.
Regardless of which party you support there is no excuse for not being involved in the voting process.
That goes for the local level too. Instead of sitting around complaining about something that wasn’t done, get in touch with the people who are charged with getting it done. Or if you think you can do a better job, get involved.
The new year means new possibilities and new ways of thinking, or at least it should. Let’s start by being better citizens and helping to get some work done.