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So this is what voting in Canada has come to…

September 25, 2009

I have to say that The Rick Mercer Report is my favorite Canadian show ever.  Every week they make me laugh out loud and at the same time teach me something about this country, however irrelevant it may be.  This is a little piece about what has become of our political system, or more specifically our political choices.  I have to say that I whole heartedly agree with this piece.

He could have been anywhere from fifty to sixty-five years of age, he has worked his entire life on container ships in the St Lawrence Seaway, and he put three daughters through university. He has at different times in his life voted for three different political parties, and standing on a wharf in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia he told me that if there is an election this fall he is going to do something he has never done.

He’s staying home.

He summed up our current crop of political leaders this way: “If all three of them were in the water, I’d be hard pressed not to watch them drown.”

And he happened to mention he goes to church on Sundays.

This is not a man who is suffering from voter apathy; this is a hungry man, with a seafood allergy, looking at the menu from Red Lobster. He just can’t go it.

For years now, after every election, faced with increasingly dismal turnouts, journalists and pundits ask the same questions: Why are Canadian voters staying home? What is wrong with us?

Maybe it’s time to ask not what is wrong with Canadians, but what is wrong with our leaders. Or better yet, let’s just start placing the blame squarely at their feet.

It’s not like we choose the leaders, the parties themselves choose them. And apparently this is as good as it gets. No wonder people are apathetic. Elections aren’t the problem, our possible choices are.

You can read the whole article here and might I suggest having a look at or perhaps watching The Rick Mercer Report.  The man is everywhere and he should be because, in my opinion, he is even better than The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report’s Stephen Colbert who are both excellent.

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