LETTERS: Election post-mortem

Letter-writers take on the Oct. 19 federal election.

Editor:

An open letter to the 25.56 per cent who did not vote Oct. 19.

74.44 per cent of us made it out to vote; where were you?

Did you not have time? Or were you disillusioned by the candidates?

What if we no longer called it politics? What if we called it ‘your life’? Then would you be interested?

Voting is the least any person living in a democratic nation can do. Not voting is not an answer.

Fatalism by thinking your vote does not matter is not an answer. You are a citizen of this country, and your voice does matter.

Problem is, if you don’t exercise your democratic right, your voice is silenced.

Steven Hughes, White Rock

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Well, we did it again and have successfully transitioned to our new government in a peaceful and positive way. Yay, Canada.

Now we can get back to promoting the kind of entertainment that my organization, Peninsula Productions, offers – fine music and theatre – in lieu of political farce. But I’m left with a serious question: the signs.

For weeks our neighbourhoods were defaced with signs, which were then themselves defaced. By what right do politicians get to do this?

If my organization were to plaster the highways and byways with our posters – which are much more artistically pleasing than any politician’s sign – would the community find that acceptable? Would it be OK for us to get upset when other arts organizations defaced our signs?

I doubt it, and we don’t plan to explore this possibility. What a funny world politicians live in, eh.

So we won’t be cluttering up the neighbourhoods and you’ll just have to look for our posters in places where we are given explicit permission to post them, or follow us online to hear about the wonderful events that we have coming up as we do our small part to make sure that democracy and good government continue to flourish in this wonderful country.

Geoff Giffin, White Rock

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Too bad Dianne Watts didn’t run under the Liberal ticket.

She would have received 40,000 votes plus a cabinet post to boot!

Tony Young, Surrey

 

 

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