The battle cry in Canada today is VOTE. So it should be. We have ancestors who have fought and given their lives so that we could have that right. As women we have female ancestors who have suffered bitterly in their homes and communities to give us the right to vote. It is not a privilege to be taken lightly in a world where so many struggle to have the same opportunity.
This morning I exercised this privilege and was happy it went without a hitch. Voting has become a little more complicated since the Harper Conservatives took power. You have to have more identification than you used to and for many, especially those without drivers licenses and passports that is difficult. I hope not many were turned away from the polls.
Having worked for many years with the poorer people in our country I tend to see this move as a way to keep the poor from voting. Not everyone sees it that way but to me it is a direct hit on the poor, elderly, and disabled, all of whom have as much right to vote as anyone else.
While I join the cry to VOTE today I sit here now at 4:30 p.m. praying and hoping the change to our government is significant today. I am very unhappy with the way our present government does business including lying about the contenders political position and their blatant disregard for the freedoms they pretend to protect.
I am not a political scientist but I have seen a few elections and a few leaders in my day. The present leader and his party are without a doubt the most corrupt, and underhanded I have ever seen. I believe history will show them to be the very worst in our history. It is an embarrassment to me as a Canadian but even worse I feel threatened by the government and their undermining of democracy.
Our country covers six time zones and the polls don’t close until 9:30. That means results from Newfoundland/Labrador will begin to come in about 8 pm. in Ontario time and we won’t hear the final tallies from the West coast until after their polls close at 12:30 Ontario time. It will be a close race I’m sure so I’m not sure I can stay awake long enough to hear the final tally tonight.
I am a little afraid of what I might wake up to in the morning. I don’t want a Canada which is ruled by fear mongers and which denies women the right to wear in head covering. We joke about being watched by the government but in fact it is not a joke. Each year we lose more of our rights and our money to a government which appears to be ruled by the wealthy and which has moved far from the ideals so many of us hold dear.
My Facebook friends will be glad when this election is over because I have been hammering them with information I believe is relevant to this election for the past 72 days. I have done my part as best as I know how. May God keep this land.