LETTERS: Have a say, get out and vote

Voting is a democratic right and privilege. It is your one opportunity to have a say in the direction you want Canada to go.

Voting is a democratic right and privilege. It is your one opportunity to have a say in the direction you want Canada to go, and while apathy seems like an easy alternative, it hurts our democratic process and you are more likely to be unhappy with the results.

Yes, the campaign rhetoric and electioneering hype seem like just so much drama and posturing that has been unlikely to lead to action if/when elected. That can definitely be disillusioning and defeating. But the only way to create change is by being persistent and perhaps by voting for change in our electoral system. Thanks to the internet, there are ways to cut through all that and focus on what really matters: the underlying beliefs and philosophies that drive all the rhetoric as well as the action that follows.

Billions of dollars are invested in campaigning. Let’s be responsible voters and spend an hour or so educating ourselves so we can make a thoughtful, well-considered decision at the polls. Don’t just vote the way you’ve always voted or vote the way your parents/partners/friends do. Decide for yourself what’s important to you and which party best represents that. Here are a couple of websites that can help clarify which party best reflects your own views: canada.isidewith.com/political-quiz or votecompass.cbc.ca.

Each quiz asks a series of questions about various issues, then tells you which party’s ideology or platform matches your answers best. It’ll take about 15-30 minutes, but it is time well spent. Once you have found out which party is the best match for you, you can focus on what that party is saying, or compare its candidates to others. If you are still in doubt, you can choose some specific issues that are dear to your heart and focus on those, or choose to vote strategically (check out leadnow.ca, votetogether.ca or dogwoodinitiative.org for guidance).

If you don’t like any of the options on the ballot, you can even express that opinion by voting and spoiling your ballot. While it won’t influence the overall outcome, even a spoiled ballot is considered a vote and a statement. Ballots are spoiled when you choose no option, more than one option, or mark/write across the entire ballot.

If you need information about where or when to vote, or about the candidates in your riding, check out Elections Canada at www.elections.ca. And if you need a ride to the polling station, your local candidate’s office may be able to help.

Please exercise your right and privilege in this election, especially if you are concerned about the status quo: the steady erosion of Canadian health and social benefits, environmental protection, scientific excellence, global reputation, and democracy; or the steady rise in wealth and power of the top 10 per cent and corporations at the expense of the middle class and poor.

I don’t know about you, but this is not the mercenary Canada I remember or want. And it’s true: all it takes for evil to win is for good people to do nothing. Don’t be one of those good people who do nothing, please vote!

Rhea Redivo

Penticton

 

Just Posted

(Facebook)
New trial date set in Penticton for Thomas Kruger-Allen’s triple assault charges

May trial was delayed after Crown witnesses failed to show up

A for sale sign is shown in by new homes in Beckwith, Ont., just outside Ottawa, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Thompson-Okanagan population grew despite COVID-19: report

The Chartered Professional Accountants of BC said there are 8,462 new residents in the region

Scales of Justice
Acquittal in Okanagan crash that killed vacationing dentist

Daerio Romeo, 29, was charged with dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm

Renderings of what the skating rink could look like beside City Hall between Martin and Main in downtown Penticton. (Activate Penticton image)
Penticton to get outdoor ice rink this winter

It’s hoped the rink will be ready to host 2022 BCHL’s 60th year celebration

The fate of Skaha Marina and its operations will be decided Saturday, June 19 on general election day. (File photo)
Penticton city hosted last forum before voters decide on fate of Skaha Marina

Residents share concerns about length of operations agreement, parking and control of park

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Vernon-Monashee NDP MLA Harwinder Sandhu supported a motion in the B.C. legislature for Canada to create a national Indigenous History month Monday, June 13, 2021. (Contributed)
Canada needs a national Indigenous History Month, Vernon MLA agrees

Harwinder Sandhu supports motion to recognize June as month to advance reconciliation efforts with First Nations

Orange ribbons are tied to the fence outside Vernon’s Gateway Homeless Shelter on 33rd Street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
POLL: Low-key Canada Day in the works for Vernon

Councillor calling for Indigenous recognition for 2022

A conceptual design of Vernon’s new Active Living Centre, which will go to referendum Oct. 15, 2022. (Rendering)
Active living centre 2022 referendum planned in Vernon

City hoping to get Coldstream and Areas B and C back on board

Closure of the 2900 block of 30th Avenue will allow restaurants and other businesses to extend their patios onto the street. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Green light given to downtown Vernon road closure

Single block of 30th Avenue to close over summer months to boost business

Graduating Grade 12 student Savannah Lamb has been awarded an approximate $40,000 scholarship from the Beedie Luminaries foundation. (Contributed)
Dedicated Salmon Arm student earns scholarship to pursue post-secondary education

Savannah Lamb is graduating from Salmon Arm Secondary with a $40,000 scholarship

A provided photo of the suspect. (Kelowna RCMP/Contributed)
Kelowna RCMP investigating after business robbed

An undisclosed amount of money and merchandise were taken from the business

(Black Press Media file)
Dirty money: Canadian currency the most germ-filled in the world, survey suggests

Canadian plastic currency was found to contain 209 bacterial cultures

Most Read