In just a few days we will be having a provincial election. Not everyone is happy about this. Millions of dollars spent , and what for? Just to elect another politician that will promise the moon, but then go back on their word due to some excuse or the other . People are getting tired of the scandals, misspent millions and a blatant disregard for the environment.
Locally, we have, for the Liberal Party, David Orazietti, our Minister of Natural Resources. I refuse to vote for him because of his obvious political flip-flop on the Spring Bear Hunt. He ignored the advice of MNR researchers and scientists that the reinstatement of the Spring Bear Hunt will do nothing to help public safety, nor will it prevent bear/human encounters. All it does is leave orphaned cubs to starve and die a slow death, even though it is illegal to shoot a sow. Just a week or so ago two cubs were found locally clinging to their dead mother who had been shot. One of the cubs was rescued, the other ran away but will soon die. A few days ago in Orillia, police responded to 911 calls from people terrified because a bear walked through their property. Police responded by shooting the bear, not killing it, just wounding it. They finally killed it after following it for an hour as the bear was trying to get back into the woods.
In 2012, the MNR gutted the Bear Wise program and the managing of bears fell to local police. The Liberals have also cut protection for at-risk species in order to help industrial activities. Taking care environment is important to me and others, so I will not be voting Liberal.
Our local Progressive Conservative is Rod Fremlin. In a local candidate’s debate he came across as someone who was thrust into the spotlight without really knowing the issues. I was embarrassed for him when he seemed unable to answer direct questions. He may be a great guy, I don’t know, but I really can’t see him being effective as our MPP. Plus Tim Hudak seems to have some pretty radical and scary ideas.
Celia Ross seems very knowledgeable, but I think a lot of people are worried about the New Democrats getting us further into debt.
So many people that I know or speak to, say they are fed up with all three major parties and aren’t even going to vote. Who can blame them? The old adage of “well if you don’t vote, you can’t complain” just does not hold true anymore.
Because this voter apathy is widespread, word is out that you can show your displeasure, not by refusing to vote, but by Declining your vote. What this means is the following:
According to the Act, “an elector who has received a ballot and returns it to the deputy returning officer declining to vote, forfeits the right to vote and the deputy returning officer shall immediately write the word ‘declined’ upon the back of the ballot and preserve it to be returned to the returning officer and shall cause an entry to be made in the poll record that the elector declined to vote.”
It’s a way to show your displeasure with all parties and a way to get politicians to pay attention to what voters are really saying.
I am not telling you not to vote, but if you are thinking of not voting, this way makes a better statement.
I like the Green Party because they seem to be the only ones who really care for the environment and are most aware of what is going to happen to our Earth if things continue to go unchecked as they are now. A vague promise that certain emissions will be cut by such and such a date as other reigning governments promise, means nothing. It is going to be too late to stop destruction of our planet.
So it’s a tough choice. Vote, not vote, decline your vote, or vote for the Green Party even though they will not get elected because people are too afraid of what it will really take to help our air, water, and wildlife.
It’s going to be an interesting race. But after all is said and done, after millions of dollars are spent, there probably won’t be any change.
And THAT is what is really sad…and scary.