Today we have the opportunity - our best opportunity to come for the next ~1,500 days - to replace a government that in my opinion has done more harm than good to a lot of vulnerable segments of the population. Maybe you disagree. What really matters in this equation, though, is that you get out there and voice your opinion.
You can vote in any riding. You don’t even need your yellow voter card. You just need to be 18, and bring a piece of ID that conforms to one of the categories on this list. It’s easy, I swear.
In Canada we have embarrassingly poor voter turnout for people aged 18 to 35. If you haven’t yet voted, if you’re in that age group and sitting at home right now thinking you probably won’t bother getting up and going to the poll, I beg you to reconsider.
One of the most common reasons I hear from people who don’t vote is that it doesn’t make any difference. That you hold a minority opinion. That the system is stacked against you. That may or may not be true. I don’t think it is, at least not here, at least not to the degree that abstinence from the process is completely justified. All else aside, though, the participation of a huge section of the population - the demographic that’s going to be making all the differences in the next few decades - does matter, no matter how you slice it.
And if you think you’ve already lost? That there isn’t any hope that your voice will be heard? Consider that one of the ways that the system does end up stacked against you is by convincing you that there’s no point trying to change it.