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Decision day approaches quickly



Have you figured out who you’re going to vote for yet?

Me either.

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 hasn’t 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 I’m not qualified at all to write about platforms and promises and who’s the best party or person.

I hardly even feel qualified to vote, and that’s what this column is all about.

Despite tuning in recently I’m still just as confused.

I can’t be the only one.

I used to have this general philosophy when faced with a tough decision that I really didn’t 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.

There’s no doubt that I’m not proud of my teenage behaviour and yet I can’t help but admit it’s 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, I’m sure I wouldn’t 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 haven’t informed myself.

But haven’t I matured even just a little from my teenage years?

You would hope so.

I can’t help thinking that things might be easier if Canada had a compulsory voting system like Australia’s. It’s a system that’s in about 20 different countries around the world, despite what many Australians think!

Belgium, Greece, Switzerland, Brazil, all do it like the Australians. And let’s not forget all those people in Liechtenstein too.

You either vote or you get fined. In rare cases you can be jailed if you don’t pay the fine.

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