With the Canadian Federal Election finished it’s time to take a look back at the journey to election night and go over some key storylines that lead up too, and followed the election itself. Every election year it feels like we hear the same thing “You have to vote liberal if you want to avoid a conservative government” or the other way around. This can sometimes make you feel limited or that your vote doesn’t matter because if you don’t vote for the big dogs (liberal and conservative) then you are throwing away your vote. You really should be researching each party and see what their ideas, value and policies are. See if they resonate with you personally and make an educated choice about who you really think deserves to run our country. But like every year we had another two way battle between Justin Trudeau and the red liberals and Andrew Scheer of boys in blue conservatives. Now the divide between the reds and blue is not nearly as bad in Canada as it is in the U.S. but the two parties still do not like each other very much. It seems a lot of people thought both parties leaders were acting childish on the stage at the big debate. It was just Scheer and Trudeau taking shots at each other about black face and gay rights and this and that. It was all just a load of crap. The biggest surprise was the NDP, they have been slowing inching their way more and more into the house and this year was no different thanks top Jagmeet Singh
Jagmeet is one of the most charismatic and likeable candidates for the NDP since Jack Layton, His position on tolerance and acceptance, as well as his willingness to help the First Nations community in this time of pipelines and big business intruding on their land. However, despite his noble efforts, the NDP did not make much of a splash in this election. Their fire is not out and it actually grows stronger every election season. It seems like more people are hoping on board the NDP train, and who knows maybe they will be a big contender in the next 20 years.
Young people still need to get out there and vote. Young people are all the same though, you can tell them to do something 1000 times and the only time they’ll do it is if there is something in it for them. Problem is they don’t understand what’s in it for them. It’s hard as a young adult to fully realize just what this election means. Policies, priorities and where they will spend their money and time. It’s hard to gauge what works for you and your current situation. That’s what the main problem is, people just din;t understand the stake of these elections. Just look at the U.S. people didn’t know what they wanted and now they have a big problem. While keeping the Liberal government might have been the safest move for Canada right now it is really hard to see who has our best interests at heart and that’s why voting can seem so daunting for some young people.