With an upcoming and critical Provincial election this week, I am hoping to instill in others the significance of being informed. It is especially important to research when we may be dismayed or disappointed about our options. This election has been one of those for me.
I am the type of individual who is not tied to one particular political party. I have found that blindly voting for one set of beliefs or policies can be dangerous, especially when we are not supportive of the individual heading the party. I like to weigh the personalities, review the issues at hand, determine the likely impact at a local level and throw in an educated guess who I feel will most positively impact our community.
If I was an employer holding a job interview and there were only a few non-appealing options, I would have put out a new ad and attempted to net an entirely fresh set of candidates. Since this isn’t an option here (and I would rather accidentally hammer my own fingernail than see any of the party leaders in charge of Ontario) I am left to shift my focus away from the party heads and towards the local candidates.
When doing this, I look at their public speaking experience, the way they carry themselves, their knowledge of issues, their perceived level of intelligence, their background, their education and their ties within the community. I research their previous career experience, their approachability, their likeability, their professionalism and try on if I would be proud for them to represent us. The most essential factor for me; however, is whether or not I feel they are passionate about our city, can speak up assertively and take massive action on what we need to grow, thrive and make progress.
I watch the debates, read press releases and articles and follow the news, prior to any election. Admittedly, it wasn’t until I was in my mid 20’s that I started to pay attention to politics and had any clue how they could significantly impact my workplace, my healthcare, my income tax, our education system, our business ventures, etc. I decided that being informed meant that I could have a say in how I wanted our community, our province or our country to be run.
All I know is that I want to know that someone dynamic is in our corner, being a champion for us, taking people to task and bringing attention to important issues affecting us. I want someone who can be a networker, a partnership builder, a facilitator for community involvement, a voice for positive change and an idea generator for how we can overcome and make strides towards our true potential. Every level of government, coupled with individuals who decide to become involved in the future of our community, is essential to this happening for us.
I just hope that eligible voters do their thorough research in this election and then get out to vote, if they haven’t already. You never know how close the results can be. Deciding to do nothing at all, because it all seems dismal or insignificant, means leaving it in the hands of others who may not have done their research. I think of this election as stripping away the political banners and personalities and making the decision based on who will likely strengthen Ontario’s economy and which candidate I want representing us at Queen’s Park.
A thought to ponder: If you had to write the bi-weekly paycheck for one individual to lead your company, from our local provincial candidates, who would you hire?