An apology to the candidate

This is to apologize to Dan Bouchard for my remarks in the letter titled “Not voting could bring electoral change”. When I mentioned that a vote for the Green Party ends in the garbage, I expressed my frustration and anger with an archaic and inequitable electoral system that has a built-in barrier against much-needed new and fresh ideas to ever make it. There were over a million voters for the Green Party last time around whose democratic rights were trampled. It’s those rights that ended in the garbage can.

I was wrong: not voting will not bring about electoral change. Even if voter abstinence reaches 50 per cent, it will be interpreted by the “winners” as voter apathy, not as protest, and they will gladly continue forcing their agenda on a majority that hasn’t endorsed them. The only chance for all of us who want change is to drag ourselves to the polls and void our ballots with the message: “voided in protest”. Have scrutineers record these ballots and make sure the results receive the appropriate media coverage. This is our only chance.

It is too late in this campaign to organize such a movement, so I will vote Green. I respect Dan Bouchard’s efforts, his platform and his personal integrity. I have always voted Green and will do so again this time, even if another candidate might have a better chance to prevent a victory of Dan Albas, who will dance to the whip of Stephen Harper and his autocratic and polarizing methods.

I will do so as an act of mental hygiene and so I can live with myself. I encourage all of you who have planned to vote “strategically” to do so, too. Even if our system isn’t really democratic, let’s at least play as if it was.

Florian Maurer





Just Posted

October power disruptions planned

Summerland to upgrade switches at electrical substation

Man in custody linked to Silver Creek property search

Police are not saying how this search is related to Wayne Curtis Sagmoen’s current criminal charges

Police officer hit by car, stabbed in Edmonton attack back on job

Const. Mike Chernyk, 48, returned to work Thursday

Third period surge lifts Penticton Vees to victory

Vees Ryan Sandelin gets the game winner over the Merritt Centennials

Penticton patient care tower fundraising going strong

About $14.3 million in donations for the Penticton hospital has come in

Mixing up local talent and cocktails

The annual Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Mixoff takes place in Kelowna in November

Dorsett has 2 goals, assist in Canucks’ 4-2 win over Sabres

‘It was a real good hockey game by our group,’ Canucks coach Travis Green said.

Berry disappointed: Bear tries to eat fake fruit on woman’s door wreath

A Winnipeg woman has taken her berry-embellished wreath down, after a hungry bear visited her porch

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

Have you heard about Black Press scholarships?

Up to 37 scholarships are awarded each year to students throughout British Columbia

Search for missing B.C. man a race against winter weather

David Jeff of Williams Lake was last seen in Kamloops during the chaotic wildfire evacuations

Bantam Vees tournament good prep for start of the season

Penticton hockey team heads into regular season with just one loss in nine exhibition games

Auntie Says: Don’t bring your dope to my house

Don’t judge me and I won’t judge you, but if you try and smoke at my house, you’ll be asked to leave

Man steals police car, goes for a ‘slow’ ride

Mission RCMP say the motive of the theft is unknown

Most Read