Give us something to vote for

Besides the choices we have of who to vote for, we should really have another choice.

Besides the choices we have of who to vote for, we should really have another choice. A choice to express our concerns that the options we are offered are not reflective of our interests.

Current and past propaganda has always encouraged people to vote and is giving an illusion that by doing so, real change can only result from such action. I believe that it’s actually keeping a cycle of no significant change alive.

In my personal opinion, it’s not that people don’t want to vote or are too lazy or unable. It’s the fact that there is no true, ‘none of the above’ option, as even a non vote gets applied.

If there was such an option, I suspect there would be a bigger turnout as Canadians would feel they are actually heard.

Of course this is not in the interest of any political party. It would however increase the number of voters. And if the goal is a true democratic process and clear indication of what Canadians want, I think this should be an option.

As it stands now, encouragements to vote are to gain your vote. Even if you vote ‘none of the above’. And with the prospect of gaining comes marketing.

The system strongly resembles a copy of corporate strategy. I don’t know of a single person that goes shopping at a store that doesn’t have a single product they’re interested in. Or if they did end up there, forced to buy the most popular product.

To me it feels like a large portion of non voters are made up by this group. And it’s a shame non voting is perceived in such a black and white manner. Is that democracy ?

Erik DuivenvoordeQualicum Beach

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