Why are Canadians Politically Disengaged ?

Northern - posted on 02/13/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Why are Canadians disinterested in their government affairs ? Are they politically apathetic ? Do they consider politics to be boring and dull subject ? And more importantly, how do we fix this problem ?

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Kathryn - posted on 02/13/2013

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In Australia, voting is compulsatory. If you don't, you are fined.
They have also made it very easy to vote there, unlike in Canada.

There voting is computerized, so it doesn't matter where you are in the country, you can go to a voking station and vote...unlike Canada, where you need to be registered in your home town..show up in your town and they draw a line thru your name.

Northern - posted on 02/13/2013

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Take a look at what happened in United States.
Half of the Republicans didn't vote the last presidential election and Obama won the second term. I'm sure the illegals and the minority groups didn't miss a vote. You dont need an ID to vote in US. it's sad to see what once used to be a superpower, the land of opportunities, is now a welfare nation.

Northern - posted on 02/13/2013

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Well, I certainly hope not all politicians are career politicians... There are a few good souls out there.
I respect your position on this topic and I certainly won't try to change your mind :) You have wonderful perspective on everything I've posted so far.
Here is what I perceive to be the problem in Canada. While good, honest, productive citizens such as yourself don't vote, other 'minority' groups do vote in great numbers for the wrong party that favors their lifestyle. Our Canadian culture is fading away.
There is no such thing as a perfect government. Every political party has faults and some bad apples in it. Some parties have more bad apples than others. It boils down to choosing which party is most constructive on all dynamics.
Maybe it's because I come from a country that experienced Communism. I know how it feels like not to be able to have a voice ... To have the government control your every move ...
Democracy is a fragile form of government. HIstory predicts it doesn't last. I think we can both agree to the latter point .

Kathryn - posted on 02/13/2013

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I'd have to say I fall into this group.
I'm not a "political" person.

I have strong opinions about a lot of things, and except for venting...or voting with my wallet, I feel there is nothing I can personally do.

If they actually allowed people to voted on the issues, I would vote every time.
I don't want some politician to vote on my behalf...because really all they are voting on is 'their behalf'.

They could have 100+ questions on a voting ballot, and ask if we agree or disagree, and I'd happily answer them.
Then whatever the majority of the voters wanted..they would do.

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