Voter Apathy – The inevitable result of political parties and the “first past the post” system

The Problem of Voter Apathy – Looking To Form An Anti-Apathy Coalition

Democracy is NOT a spectator sport! On March 19, 2012 get out and vote!

First Reason For  Voter Apathy – Politics is Nothing But  a Party for the Parties!

The last few posts have been about the problem of political parties.  The political  process  is dominated  by the parties. (But, it doesn’t have to be that way.)

To be specific  the party candidates are loyal to the Party and not to the residents of the riding.   People tend to NOT be interested in people who  are NOT interested in them. Since the parties are not interested in the people, the people are not interested in the parties. Since the parties ARE politics, people are not interested in politics. That may be the reason why there is so much apathy in politics. The voting turnout in the last Ontario Election (October 2011) was as low as it has ever been.

Interestingly, there was much more interest in the 2010 Municipal election. All of the candidates are (at least in theory) independent. (Although the NDP continues to support its candidates in Municipal elections. Both Toronto Wards 29 and 30 are cases in point.) This does make the candidates more responsive to the voters. Continue reading Voter Apathy – The inevitable result of political parties and the “first past the post” system

Toronto Danforth By-Election Date March 19, 2012 – All Candidates Debate March 15/12

Bulletin!! Candidate information for the March 15/12 – Toronto Danforth Debate

Learn:

– what the parties are saying!

– what the candidates are doing!

– what the voters are thinking!

Toronto Danforth Candidates Debate – Thursday March 15, 2012 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Don Mills United Church – 126 O’Connor

Meet Your Candidates

The date is rapidly approaching. Toronto Danforth is headed for another election to replace Jack Layton. The sentiment is that whoever replaces Jack will have “big shoes to fill”. Well maybe, but remember that the new MP for Toronto Danforth will NOT be a party leader. As a result,  this upcoming by-election is an opportunity for Toronto Danforth to elect an MP who will represent Toronto Danforth. Because of Jack’s responsibilities as NDP leader, Jack focused his energy on being NDP leader. He did not participate in the Toronto Danforth election debates. His non-attendance triggered resentment among (at least some) Toronto Danforth residents. But, it’s time to move on and elect a new MP. Toronto Danforth has an interesting and engaging group of candidates. Let’s also hope for a higher voter turnout. Come meet your candidates in the March 15 Toronto Danforht All Candidates Debate as follows:

Thursday March 15 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Don Mills United Church – 126 O’Connor

Ten of the eleven candidates have confirmed their attendance – Conservative Andrew Keyes has not yet confirmed

Here is the list of candidates who have registered with Elections Canada. To learn more about our candidates read on Continue reading Toronto Danforth By-Election Date March 19, 2012 – All Candidates Debate March 15/12