Comment 37992

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted February 12, 2010 at 19:11:00

It's easy to write off people who don't vote as apathetic, but that just sidesteps the issue. People who don't vote have reasons for not doing so - just ask 'em. "They're all trying to screw us anyway" may not be the most eloquent indictment of the electoral system, but if that's how a massive chunk of the population feels, we need to take it into account, if we want to be serious about democracy. Let's face it, if ~40% of the population didn't vote in the last election, and less than 23% actually voted for the ruling Conservative party.

People honestly feel that Parliaments and City Halls don't represent them - and all too often they're right. It's amazing how much higher turnout is in areas, such as in Europe, where people have more confidence in their democracies.

I hope this consultation goes well. Southern Ontario needs a lot more of this kind of thing

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