OK – It Is Done! I Actually Went To The Polling Station And Voted


I voted at the early poll

IMG_20151009_182926028OK, I have done it. I went to the early poll and I voted. I voted for the first time since the 1993 wipe out of the Progressive Conservative government of Kim Campbell at the hands of Jean Chretien’s Liberals.  That election and the one past the post system finally did me in as a voter.  I was adamant to not vote ever again until the electoral system was changed in Canada. It still has not been changed. However three of the four major parties in Canada have pledged to change the system. So I decided that voting for change, was better than bellyaching about all the problems and not voting.  This way, I get to keep dialog going about the need for change, from the top on down to the bottom.  But, it starts with the electorate actually voting.  Now, I have done my bit.

This exercise was short and sweet

VoteI love the early polls for that reason.  My wife came to pick me up at work and take me for my dressing change.  After that we came home, and I realized there was still time to go to the polling station.  It was 6:30 pm. I drove there in less than ten minutes.  This whole process  of going to the polling station was the hortest time that I can remember. From parking the car and walking into the polling station, and casting my ballot to leaving, it was 12 minutes. That was super fast. Now that is how voting in a democracy should work.

I changed how I have voted historically, which was really a big deal for me

green-party-logoI voted Green. Never thought I would go through with it. I am living proof that a person can change how and who they vote for.  There was no hesitation. I voted. There. I am done. One of the political party officials from one of the four major parties was there monitoring the process at the poll station and he said that other polling stations were having lines waiting up to 2 hours today. I guess it all depends on your polling station as to whether you have to wait, and also the time of day you happen to go out and vote.

My challenge to Canadian voters

youthvoteMy personal challenge right now is to the youth vote and all those baby boomers who have all but given up on voting.  I hope every segment of the Canadian public takes this particular election seriously and comes out to vote.  I really want the youth vote to know how important they are to all of us across the county.  I hope a lot of of the youth vote turn out and vote. Your vote makes a difference. Cheers! This is the last you will hear from me on the subject of the election for this federal 2015 election.

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Peace.

~ Sam

LINKS:

Youth Vote Canada – http://youthvote.ca/

Council of Canadians Promoting Youth Vote – http://canadians.org/blog/council-canadians-launches-get-out-youth-vote-campaign-winnipeg-today

Youth Vote – Be A Game Changer – https://secure.canadians.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1899&ea.campaign.id=39452

Turn Up YVR Motivating Youth Vote – http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/turn-up-yvr-campaign-lures-youth-vote-with-free-bus-based-concerts-1.3264589

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About Sam Buick

A lover and disciple of Jesus Christ. Married to my best friend, Lori-Anne. Father to 3 incredible daughters, Carragh, Caitlin and Erinn, and sons-in-law Alex, and Stephen Davis. An avid reader, a Droid user, a Mac addict, a lover of footy ball and football (there is a difference), and hockey. Once a soldier. Once a youth worker. Once an ordained minister. Once a claims adjuster. Once a charismatic, now a cessationist. Once a just war advocate, now a pacifist. A disciple of Christ, 5 point classical Calvinist. There is only one way to God, and that is through Jesus Christ alone.
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