Every Voice Counts
I vote because "we get the government we deserve" (John Turner) and if you don't vote because you don't feel you can make a difference you'll end up thinking you'll never make a difference - but you can and you should vote! Exercise your rights before you forget that you have rights.
I acknowledge that the current system is imperfect and frustrating and that the current choices we are presented with are also imperfect and frustrating. However, we do have some choices that appear better than others, and I think it's worth working with the system we've got to at least try to move in a better direction. Maybe if the NDP or the Greens come into power it won't be the Utopia we're dreaming of, but I *guarantee* it will be better than the Conservatives! So I am voting because I think we can do better than what we've got right now. And I also try to remind myself that a vote is never wasted - if the Conservatives and Liberals see more people voting NDP and Green, they will be more motivated to try to win back these votes by adjusting their own policies. Even a small step in the right direction is still a step!! "Petit à petit l'oiseau fait son nid."
First of all, I want to live in a country where I can actually vote (and I do). I know that my vote can make a difference. You can't be silent about it, though; you must discuss politics with friends and family, even if it means that you might offend someone. It's about engaging the public. There are people literally dying for the right to vote, and yet so many young Canadians are apathetic. Choose which party reflects your beliefs the most and then cast your ballot. Use the Internet to your advantage and research every single party member to the fullest extent. Think of Canada as a whole and then think of your family and your future kids (if you have any). What sort of life do you want? For the poor and working class, we need to work together to make Canada a good place for everyone. Where is our Robin Hood?