Final Election Thoughts

Some of you have had to put up with a lot of political posts from me this year. Indulge me in one last one before the election on Monday.

Many important issues have been debated in this campaign, but the one that rises above the rest, in my mind, is the central issue of democracy: the degree to which the will of the people is expressed in the government they elect.

All other important policy questions rest on this one — a government which is representative of, and accountable to, its citizens is more likely to act in their interest; a government that’s not is more likely to act in its own interest.

So if you’re not sure what weight to place on what issues as you decide who to vote for this election, consider whether the candidate or party in question is one who will strengthen and improve Canada’s democracy, or one who will weaken, bypass, or undermine it.

I also strongly recommend researching, from multiple sources if possible, how things stand in your particular riding. Vote-splitting in Canada has allowed both Liberal (2000–2004) and Conservative (2011–2015) governments to, with a minority of the popular vote, win a majority of seats, and thus one hundred percent of the legislative power.

Strategic voting is hardly ideal democracy, but the alternative is substantially worse.

Your vote matters. Use it, and use it wisely.