It’s been a week since I last wrote, my best beloved, and almost 2 weeks this coming Monday, that the federal election was held. And as I attempt to resume my writings, I remember where I left off, and in complete silence, except for the tapping of my fingers on the keyboard, and the occasional noise of vehicles from the street, I bravely continue on.
I was about to reveal who I ended up voting for, and some of the choices that I made, and then realized that ending Part 1 with the passing away of Deepak Obrai, the Forest Lawn member of parlament, that it was the most logical break.
As I struggle and flip-flop between wanting to continue writing this blog, and forgetting that this was all a bad dream, and that voting is a personal matter and best left to those who are more politically inclined, I summon the courage necessary to continue, even though this part may be less entertaining and more serious than the previous one.
In the provincial election, I was sworn to secrecy and prohibited from sharing my opinions (or political leanings) for neutrality while working my duties as an information officer — the one who greets electors and tells them where to go (and don’t get me started, please!). Any confidential information shared with me, is not to be shared, which interestingly enough, became rather easy as I helped many, many people, and forgot most everything — their addresses, the details, etc.
And even though I got sick and actually vomited during my shift outside (away from the front door close to the bushes because the closest bathroom was busy), due to indigestion and stress, I was able to continue — thankfully, my shirt was black, and the stains were not that noticeable, although I worried a bit about the smell. Indeed, it was a humbling experience. (Curiously, Josie has a joke about this, and teased me about throwing up at the federal election, and I asked if I should get sick before or after the election.)
And so, my best beloved, I return back to the federal election and perhaps may bounce back to the provincial one.
Here’s the list again of candidates, followed by my reasoning process. Again, in my weaker moments, I was tempted NOT to vote because of incomplete information, but I justified that it’s better to vote because the principle of voting is more important than who actually gets into power (or is it really?). And I later learned, that the provincial elections may count the invalid or blank ballets, but the federal ones don’t. So, the question is, is it better to vote for anyone, than not to vote at all? My preference, would have been to hand in a blank vote, but that seemed rather weak and so, the serious game of picking someone became rather irksome (and rather adult-like).
The children’s game of “Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe”, comes to mind, and this could have been the strategy used to pick the one to vote for. However, I usually pride myself for my intelligence and wisdom (at times of course), and so played a more cerebral and though-provoking game, that is documented and shared though this blog as well.
Okay, I did not want the Liberal party voted in, so I decided NOT to vote for Jag Anand. I am mad a Trudeau, and in particular for legalizing recreational cannabis to young adults whose brains are not fully developed at 18 in Alberta and Quebec, and 19 in other provinces. And there are other issues and perceptions and reasons, but suffice it to say I am still ticked regardless.
The Green Party, didn’t seem to have a strong enough platform, although I did not really do much research there, and depended on previous knowledge and memories of the party. And I was less enthused about their emphasis to protect the environment, for which the Green party is well knwon for (and give jobs to millions of environmentalists), even though long-term we should do something.
Normally, I would have voted for the Conservative Party of Canada, as they were the leading party of the West, but I felt that I needed to vote based upon who I strongly felt should represent me, rather than going with the flow of popularity. For this reason, I did not vote for them, but thought that they and the candidate would probably get in, because of the past elections. (Unfortunately, in the end, I still didn’t feel that my choice really represented the best choice.)
While I was impressed that a volunteer from the People’s Party of Canada (PPC), was the first to knock on my door, I wasn’t sure, but intrigued. After doing some discussion, and not knowing the leaders and candidates well, I dismissed voting for them.
The New Democratic Party seemed too much like the Liberals, and after finally getting rid of the NDP majority government in Alberta, this was not something that I wished to cast my precious and measly vote for.
The Veteran’s Coalition Party seemed very segmented — organized by war veterans for war veterans? I didn’t read too much about this, and wondered but eliminated them as a possible choice.
The Christian Heritage Party was interesting, and I liked most of their drafted policies except for their opposition to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). I love the radio stations, and don’t mind the billions of tax dollars spent here. And then I thought about the reason why the Church and State are separated and about all of the non-Christians, and felt that it’s one thing to take a stand and enter an election race, it’s another to actually make things happen. Pity, but again, I didn’t really know the candidate or the leader, except for reading the website.
In my weaker moment, I would like to vote for the Communist Party — because our socialist so-called democratic government is not far away from this. However, the responsible side of me decided not to indulge my fantasies.
And the last candidate, an Independent, Brent Nichols, was the last choice (if not alphabetically sorted, then at least in my mind). And because my disdain for party politics, I chose to vote for him, even though I did not find much of anything about him, in regards to his character.
I suppose that I threw away my vote to the Independent, and did not jump on the Alberta-Saskatchewan bandwagon of voting Conservatives. Yet, think about how the party has changed. It’s not the same as before when Harper was in power. It has changed.
And here’s the results of the election, of the national and Forest Lawn riding.
And I see that my word count is at 1,157 words, and so, I should end this now.
Thank you, my best beloved and dear readers for your time and attention. Hopefully, this has been helpful to you for your own edification and purposes.