There are numerous reasons posited by media pundits and political scientists, but if one needs a demonstrable explanation for the dire lack of interest by almost half of the electorate, then look no further than the example of Fred Slade, Conservative Party candidate in Sudbury, Ontario.
monotonously reads a list of scripted talking points from CPC HQ lays out his “vision” for a Canada that… Zzzzzzz.
I’m sure Slade is a decent and terribly earnest fellow (heck, he served as the President of the Sudbury and District Chartered Accountants Association!), but based on this horrid promotional video, one might just as soon vote for a trained monkey.
Sadly, he’s not alone. The majority of MPs are little more than seat-fillers on one bench or another, at times helping provide a visual backdrop (when they bother to show up for work, that is) or serving as desk-thumping hecklers or cheerleaders, dutifully towing the party line when it comes time to cast their vote, but otherwise nearly invisible and of little to no relevance whatsoever.
Update: On a more thoughtful note, here’s a discussion from TVO’s Agenda program that delves into the role of MPs and their diminishing significance in parliament, as part of the “Politics is Broken” series.