I have written several past posts on the fact that for the most part, youth do not vote, largely because they see nothing on offer from any of the major parties dealing with their issues. The problem, of course, is that as long as they remain a minor presence at the polls, their issues will . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Site Young Voters Should Visit
Regarding this article in the Globe & Mail: Dear Young People: Not Voting? No One Cares. Politicians need to take a chance and talk to youth and aim policies toward them too. And, at the same time, youth need to start talking to the politicians. However, one of the problems, unmentioned here, is the corporate . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Who Cares About The Youth Vote? Certainly Not The Corporate Media.
Regarding this article in the Globe & Mail: Dear Young People: Not Voting? No One Cares. Politicians need to take a chance and talk to youth and aim policies toward them too. And, at the same time, youth need to start talking to the politicians. Ho… . . . → Read More: Driving The Porcelain Bus: Who Cares About The Youth Vote? Certainly Not The Corporate Media.
The potential of the youth vote, about which I have written several times on this blog, is, without question, great. The fact that only a low number of young people turn out to vote should be a source of grave concern for all those who desire real change in Canada.
Sadly, those low . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Sidelining The Youth Vote
This brief but powerful video should be viewed by all those who are politically disengaged, especially our young citizens:
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Will Colonel Sanders get the chickens to vote for him again? That, Michael Harris writes, is the question which the next federal election will turn on. And, given what has happened to the Canadian media, it’s a lot easier to get the chickens to vote:
The mainstream media . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: The Poisoned Well Of Information
I’m sure that all progressive bloggers are disheartened and bedeviled by the devolution of democracy in Canada. Not only has it been under consistent and sustained attack by the Harper regime, but it has also (perhaps as a result of those attacks) seen a substantial rise in the number of disaffected and disengaged citizens, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Toward Democratic Renewal
The other day I wrote a post on John Cruickshank’s TED Talk about the low level of political participation among young citizens. His thesis was that as a society, we are losing our news-reading and news-watching habits thanks to the myriad options offered by our current technologies. Asserting that news reading is a skill, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Encouraging Political Participation
I don’t want to comment directly about last night’s Ontario election, given that it has been incisively and very competently observed by others already. However, I want to address a comment my friend Tom, who voted Liberal, made on Facebook:
And here’s why the system is broken: @51% voter turnout — up marginally from . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Post-Election Reflection
Sure beats the ‘Fair’ Elections Act:
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Wading through C-23 is feeling more and more like trying to pick one's way through a minefield. Every step, you half expect to find something that is going to go "click" … followed by a very loud bang.
Today, I bring you what the Conservatives are doing to the ability of Elections Canada to evaluate . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Bill C-23: Part VI: The Theft Of Democracy – Muzzling The Chief Electoral Officer
… I think of Canada’s citizenry, in its willingness to take whatever the Harper regime dishes out in the way of mean-spirited, regressive and repressive legislation, as a beaten-down dog.
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I had planned this to be my first piece post-holiday, but Nelson Mandela’s passing yesterday prompted my post about that giant who walked among us. I purposely kept it brief, since thousands upon thousands of words will be written about him in the days to come, a testament not only to his stature throughout the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Back To Earth
I heard Brand’s interview late last week, and I’ve been stewing on it ever since. On a lot of topics, I have to say that I agree with Brand’s frustration. The existing power structures are not healthy – in fact I would argue that they have been subverted by a series of forces and . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Russell Brand’s Interview
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For an election that was about as little as an election can possibly be about, last nights results brought more change to Ontario than many anticipated. And despite the set election dates we have in Ontario, Ontarians should not expect to wait until 2015 before casting their next provincial ballot. But they can be forgiven … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Ontario votes to amble into the twenty-tens
Well, here we are. The Ontario provincial election is two days away, and the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives are locked in a dead heat, continuing to make election promises at the 11th hour; the House of Commons in Ottawa has been in session for weeks now with Stephen Harper’s Conservative majority firmly in power; and … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Ontario Votes 2011: Getting back to the Meat and Potatoes of Governing
TVOntario has decided it won’t take voter apathy lying down. Not when Steve Paikin can do something about it. That’s why Ontario’s own TVO has ramped up its coverage of the 2011 provincial election to be the most comprehensive the network has ever attempted. Alongside Paikin’s nightly news show The Agenda with Steve Paikin is … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: TVO is taking election coverage to impressive new levels
Anyone hoping that a recent plea from provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath to Toronto City Council to hold off on transit cuts will make a difference is kidding themselves. Or the have a lot more faith in Toronto mayor Rob Ford’s desire to listen to left-wing politicians than I do. According to Horwath as reported … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Horwath downplays coalition talk; asks Toronto Council to halt TTC cuts
Just about the only thing that all parties and observers can agree upon about the upcoming Ontario election is that the high vote percentage gained by the Green Party of Ontario (GPO) in 2007 will not be maintained in 2011. And it is expected to drop for a number of reasons, but not all of … Continue reading » . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Ontario Green vote projected to drop – but it doesn’t have to
Apparently, voter apathy was not restricted to the young at the 41st election. Below are the numbers broken down of the wall of shame known as the non-voters:
18 to 24 years old: 29.9% 25 to 32 years old: 30.8% 35 to 44 years old: 27.5% 45 to 54 years old: 29.1% 55 . . . → Read More: Excuses! Excuses! . . . → Read More: Excuses! Excuses!