Youth must take an interest

I write these letters to try to appeal to the youth, who can take back your Canada — in a peaceful and democratic way

For our younger citizens, let me demonstrate to you how our constitutional monarchy works and how representational democracy machinations are applied. I am sure some readers are conversant with the procedures and results, so I quite understand if you read no further.

As long as a great number of eligible voters refuse to vote, our governments, at all levels, will remain broken. I’ve demonstrated that with the B.C. HST vote — 29 per cent of the unelected B.C. population effectively control the B.C. budget.

In the last federal election there were 24,257,572 citizens eligible to vote, while only 14,823,408 voted — a 61.1 per cent turnout — one of the all-time lows. The Harper government won the election with 167 of 308 seats — thus ending up with 54 per cent of the seats, not a great majority, but a majority nonetheless. Of the 14,823,408 votes cast, the Harper government won 5,835,269 votes — or 39.62 per cent of the popular vote. Now it is apparent that there’s something amiss with the system.

Of the 24,257,592 eligible voters, the Harper government received 5,835,269 — or 24 per cent of eligible votes … yet has absolute power. Hear any debating in the House of Commons lately?

This means that 76 per cent of the population voted for other parties, didn’t vote, or just didn’t care. It seems to me that this system is broken and perhaps a redistribution of seats based on population density should be considered. There is always a better way.

I write these letters to try to appeal to the youth, who can take back your Canada — in a peaceful and democratic way. Demonstrate, by all means, but do not let your efforts be wasted by masked hooligans and people who just want to party … they will never add to your credibility. Do not allow these people in your company.

How you could have changed the priorities of your government had you organized, prioritized expenditures and voted in the last federal election. Think about it.

And if you get a chance soon to vote in a byelection, please express yourself by doing so.

Patrick MacDonald





Just Posted

Osoyoos chef Murray McDonald was ecstatic upon realizing he scored the $1 million guaranteed prize in the June 2, 2021 Lotto 6/49 draw. (Contributed)
Osoyoos chef ecstatic after bagging $1 million Lotto 6/49 win

Chef Murray McDonald was at home and ready to doze off to sleep when he got a text from his wife

(File photo)
Additional service coming to two Penticton bus routes

Both service changes were made to meet increased demand over the summer

It's believed the Sacred Hearts church on PIB land burned Sunday night. (Aileen Mascasaet Maningas)
UPDATE: Two churches on band land in South Okanagan burn to the ground

Sacred Hearts church on Penticton Indian Band land was reduced to rubble

The Coquihalla Lakes washroom is getting upgrades. (Submitted)
Okanagan Connector to get upgrades to aging washrooms

The Ministry of Transportation recently announced $1 million in funding for the upgrades

People at the beach in front of Discovery Bay Resort on Tuesday, July 14. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Heat wave forecast for Okanagan-Shuswap

Temperatures are forecast to hit record breaking highs this week

The border crossing into the United States is seen during the COVID-19 pandemic in Lacolle, Que. on February 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
VIDEO: Border quarantine to soon lift for fully vaccinated Canadians

Eligible travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests

A man makes his way past signage to a mass COVID-19 vaccination centre at the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadians encouraged to see mRNA shots as interchangeable as more 2nd doses open up

Doctos urge people not to hesitate if offered Moderna after getting Pfizer for their first shot

Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance sits in the front row during a news conference in Ottawa on June 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Defence committee rises without report on Vance allegations

Committee had been investigating the government’s handling of complaints against former defence chief

A 1969 Barracuda convertible like this one is being refurbished by Rust Valley Restorers and raffled off to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity Kamloops, which includes the Salmon Arm/Shuswap area. (Image contributed)
Rust Valley Restorers’ work will lead drive for attainable housing in Salmon Arm

Habitat for Humanity Kamloops’ Classic Car raffle features ‘69 Barracuda convertible

Motorcyclist critically injured in Westside Road collision

Motorcyclist collides with vehicle, struck by another: preliminary police findings

Asia Youngman (right) is pictured shooting another short film she wrote and directed titled Hatha. (Luba Popovic)
Peachland set to star in fantasy thriller film about N’xaxaitk’w — a.k.a. the Ogopogo

The film will follow an Indigenous teen as she navigates peer pressure, bullying and identity

The Crofton trailer park home where the bodies of two people were found. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Kelowna mom still waiting for answers after daughter and her fiance found dead

Pair discovered in their Vancouver Island home in May identified as Rachel Gardner and Paul Jenkins

Tony Costa/ Facebook
UPDATE: Out-of-control fire burning above Peachland

The blaze sparked on Sunday and is believed to be lightning caused

Tl’etinqox-lead ceremony at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake, B.C., June 18, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
‘We are all one people’: Honouring residential school victims and survivors

Love, support and curiousity: Canadians urged to learn about residential schools and their impact

Most Read