Have you figured out who youre going to vote for yet?
This week I realized the clock is ticking and I only have a few days to figure this out. Ever since the writ was dropped the dial hasnt moved from the CBC on the car radio and The National has become part of my nightly routine as I try to figure this all out.
Before I get any further in this column I have to make an immediate disclaimer that I know nothing about federal politics and Im not qualified at all to write about platforms and promises and whos the best party or person.
I hardly even feel qualified to vote, and thats what this column is all about.
Despite tuning in recently Im still just as confused.
I cant be the only one.
I used to have this general philosophy when faced with a tough decision that I really didnt want to make that if I could ignore it, well it would eventually go away.
I think I actually broke up with a boyfriend once by simply ignoring his phone calls.
Failing the ignore tactic, the next best thing was to hold off on making a decision long enough that eventually someone would make the decision for you.
I think another boyfriend actually broke up with me after I employed this tactic.
Theres no doubt that Im not proud of my teenage behaviour and yet I cant help but admit its somewhat appealing when it comes to making a decision on this federal election.
For example, if I simply ignore June 28, and let it slip by with nary a thought to the election and my duty to vote, Im sure I wouldnt have any problem falling asleep that night. Ignore. Ignore. Ignore.
Or I could tune out over the next week and make a last minute decision based on sketchy facts, essentially letting someone else make the decision for me by virtue of the fact that I simply havent informed myself.
But havent I matured even just a little from my teenage years?
You would hope so.
I cant help thinking that things might be easier if Canada had a compulsory voting system like Australias. Its a system thats in about 20 different countries around the world, despite what many Australians think!
Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, Brazil, all do it like the Australians. And lets not forget all those people in Liechtenstein too.
You either vote or you get fined. In rare cases you can be jailed if you dont pay the fine.