Election Non-Fever!

A little election ditty by the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band that pretty much sums up my feelings on the subject.

Just out of curiosity, I’ve made a point over the last day or so to ask people that I encounter what they think about the prospect of an election. Thus far, without exception, the immediate response received has been that’s it’s “a waste of taxpayers’ money”… Granted, that’s just a small, random sampling of people on the streets of Winnipeg, but I suspect the sentiment is fairly widespread.

As such, I’m going to make a bold prediction here and suggest that this election, should it come to pass in May, will have one of the worst voter turnouts, ever!

H/T: To “graytart” for posting the video.

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Filed under 2011 Canadian Election, Canadian Politics, Humour

17 responses to “Election Non-Fever!

  1. Brad Dillman

    Well, I wonder who’s facing a leadership review after this election? Possibly everybody?

  2. Northern PoV

    Catch 22 is independent of all political parties, campaigns and candidates.
    Supporting Catch22 is the best way to defeat the Harperstan Gov’t. http://catch22campaign.ca/

  3. Brad: Well, as TofKW brilliantly outlined in the previous post, it could well be everyone, depending on the outcome. That would certainly make for some interesting times.

  4. NPoV: Don’t be spammin’ me, bro. 😉

    I checked out your site. Is this like an “ABC” movement?

    btw, Those “latest poll” numbers on the colour coded chart are hard to read. Maybe try changing the colour of the text font to white…

  5. Northern PoV

    sorry bout the spam
    figured it might slip by given the unwelcome prospect of continuing the Harper follies.
    will pass your feedback on (ie not “my” site)

  6. I’ll make a second bold prediction: those poor numbers will be followed by plenty of sage chin-rubbing and banal advice from pundits about how young people are more interested in Twitter than politics.

  7. Also in wandering the streets of Winnipeg (albeit more Mennonite-heavy areas of town) the thought is that we’re pretty much good to go for an election.

    Oddly enough, I think CPC supporters may be doing themselves in by calling this election a “waste of time” by spreading a wave of apathy towards their own supporters (especially in WPG South-Centre were their candidate was turfed last week, leaving the party with no one to campaign at the moment — this is to say nothing of the infighting that has occurred because of the move which could also keep Raymond Hall-supporters at home). I believe progressives want an election and as over 60% of the voting population, they will show up and cast a few CPC incumbents out of their seats.

    SixthEstate – I agree with the Twitter/Politics Gen. Y lamentation. But if the LPC forms a convincing argument for restoring democracy in the country, idealist youth could show up and cast votes. Not necessarily for the LPC but for a progressive candidate nonetheless. I doubt anyone 18 would show up and vote because they were enthralled with the latest Harper budget.

  8. I can honestly say that I have NEVER in more than half a century met anyone who was “enthralled” by a federal budget. 😉

  9. Trying to be as neutral as possible.

    I think the polls regarding leadership are relatively accurate – they are not, paticularly flattering of any leader – and, like it or not, Harper is the best of the bunch (at last according to polls).

    So.

    What we have are no leaders who inspire manifest confidence or trust in the broader population – while the kool-aid drinkers of all stripes will expound on the perfection of their “chosen one”, the reality is that the vast majority of the non-kool-aid group aren’t enamoured with any of them.

    Which will turn into a poor turnout.

    Which will probably result in another Conservative minority.

    And the “Catch-22” is no better than the boogey-man that they seek to remove – because it is a movement based upon nothing but disdain without a plan.

    “We hate Harper, but we really aren’t committed to anyone to actually lead us, so, we’ll be content to just take him down and worry about the fall-out later.”

    And the problem, IMHO, with the Liberals is to seek to be the party to “restore democracy” they have to come to grips with their own skeltetons – and the effort, with all respect, of Jean Chretien, to “kill the messenger” when he was unhappy with Gomrey simply sent a signal that the hard-core centre of the party doesn’t feel badly at all about what happened.

    And the recent conviction of Ray Lavigne doesn’t help.

    So.. to keep score..

    ..we have the NDP who will never form a government.

    ..we have a Conservative government that eschews things like full disclosure and being honest in accepting responsibility for their stupid gaffs (Bev Oda, the In/Out issue, and, now, convicts and hookers in the PM’s office (figuratively).. building jails we don’t need, while espousing financial responsibility;

    ..we have a diffident Liberal leader who says his family came from nothing – but in his own book, suggests quite differently.. who offers little in the way of substance but complaints, and is apparently determined to campaign on the issue of political “ethics”, while polls show he’s less trustworthy than Stephen Harper, and while the Liberals have never accepted, fully, the lesson of Adscam and have now one of their Senators going to jail;

    And then we have the other hangers-on – the Greens under Elizabeth May who have ONE issue, and are hopefully inept in even espousing sound policy on that one issue, let alone anything else.. and a traitor to the country taking money from the Canadian poeple to fund his effort to tell them all to go screw themselves.

    And we ask why people are disengaged?

    Who’s the “great hope”?

    Justin (What’s wrong with Honour Killings) Trudeau?
    Peter (Who, me torture?) McKay?

    I think it’s going to be a long and lonely winter.

  10. billg

    But if the LPC forms a convincing argument for restoring democracy in the country, idealist youth could show up and cast votes….??????
    Wouldnt an election be proof of democracy?
    People young and old will be voting, so, whats to restore? Now I’m really really bored.

  11. billg – Don’t be a mook. That is unless you actually believe “democracy” in Canada starts and stops on e-day and has nothing to do with our parliamentary institutions, rules, and conventions.

    In short, governance itself is a vehicle of our democracy as much as is having the freedom to walk up to a poll, vote for the candidate you think is best, and place your ballot in a box. And if the issues surrounding governance and our parliamentary institutions are boring, or not worth having an election over, then think about what the people in Tunisia, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Egypt are literally dying for: the chance not only to VOTE for their representatives but to have democratic institutions that operate on a set of agreed upon rules and conventions that are fair, honest, and accountable to the public. And if at the end of that thinking you come out believing everything is a-o-kay in Canada then suit yourself and stay at home.

  12. Grammins

    I suspect very few youth will be inspired to vote by Iggy. The last person they want to see/hear is an out of touch elitist who came back home to bookend his lifetime-achievements list with “became Prime Minister of Canada – 2011”. The leaders all need to go and I see a weaker CPC minority as the best way to achieve that end. I won’t change my “anyone but Liberal” voting pattern until I see a change in the machinery behind that disgusting organization. Harper is a choir-boy to many of us until the Libs are torn apart and reassembled to offer a credible alternative.

  13. Harper is a choir-boy to many of us…

    …who brought an ex-con, whore mongering fraud artist into the Prime Minister’s Office and allowed him to shop his Lolita’s company around the government until the media got wind of it, who thinks the despicable “Paul Martin Supports Child Pornography?” campaign and advertisements attacking Michael Ignatieff’s dead father are legitimate elements of political discourse, who daily violates every precept that animated the reformist party he once believed was the necessary antidote to the greasy, unprincipled, pandering hackery of Mulroney’s P.C. Party, who forced our Governor General into two degrading and unconstitutional suspensions of democracy in order to save his worthless political hide, who made mockery of Parliament and conclusively destroyed his executive integrity by wiping his ass with his own fixed-election law, who so despises the very notion of political opposition (the essence of a functioning democracy) that he distributed a how-to manual on Parliamentary sabotage and ultimately inspired an Opposition contempt motion, thereby sending Crown governance into a gutter never before visited by even the most wretched of Commonwealth ministries, and who traitorously signed over effective control of Canada’s border security to a foreign power (one so abjectly incapable of properly policing its own southern border that it now boasts an illegal alien colony roughly a third of the size of Canada’s total population) without bothering to put the issue before Parliament or even notify Canadians of his intention to sign away our sovereignty and national honour, in a White House anteroom, with the bored stroke of a pen.

    That’s your choirboy. And you—laughing, clapping seal—represent everything that’s wrong with our politics, because it’s not the venal idiocy at the top that’s killing us; it’s the public’s tolerance of it.

  14. And we ask why people are disengaged? Who’s the “great hope”?

    ..and, of course, “Do those questions even matter in large parts of the country?”

    Your questions imply that, for example, it would be possible for an Albertan to publicly support any non-CPC party, even one led by an infallibly confirmed incarnation of the Buddha, without getting his tires slashed, or that we need only a charismatic, visionary federalist to carry Bloc strongholds in Lac St. Jean and the Beauce. Please.

    Thanks to a generation of federal divide-and-conquer misrule, aggressive political illiteracy, and institutionalised anti-Confederation self-loathing, this country is now so snarlingly regionalised and ideologically entrenched that the Canadian act of voting is about as mentally spontaneous and subject to sober reflection as the round of vodka-induced puking that punctuates a Frosh Week hazing ritual.

  15. jkg

    Thanks to a generation of federal divide-and-conquer misrule, aggressive political illiteracy, and institutionalised anti-Confederation self-loathing…

    I believe this is another instance, which if I may, SF ask that I can quote you because this is definitely something I would post even on my self-indulgent social networking media.

    I think this bears a reinforcement of SF”s point. Anti-authoritarian’s of the progressive variety as well as a good constituency of libertarians squirm at the notion of a strong central government, which is historically speaking, the hallmark of what The Fathers of Confederation envisioned. Is it a flaw of how we vote? I am not sure. I hear continual arguments that First Past The Post accentuates regionalistic divides such that the polity views the exercise of democratic will as a sum of regional interests, opposing or otherwise. Despite the pedestrian commenters on CBC and National Post forums would like to assert, the neo-liberal conceptualization of individualism has permeated every sector of society. In its most simplistic form, it is often framed as “I want to do what I want, and the government should get out of the way.” This leaves very little room for a positive debate as to what a federated state should do. It is always in the negative. What is the result? The staunch individualism exacerbates regionalistic topographies.

    It is as if though the whole ethos of why the U.E.L. chose this nation has become irrelevant, and any attempts at trying to remind a voter in the 21st century that this nation’s greatest strength was to preserve the communitarian ideals of the British Tory tradition is met with sneers of being communist or whatever missive will reflexively and toxically spew forth from their mouths.

    All in all, I am increasingly scoffing at the assertion that neo-liberalism has not succeeded in penetrating the general societal ideological consciousness. This victim complex is getting tiring because a simple stroll to your local hardware, grocery, or franchised coffee shop will reveal that those concepts and ideals are alive and well, albeit in a different form.

  16. sassy

    I’m fine with an election BUT it’s those darned attack adds (which have been going of for months now) that drive me to cursing in front of the dog.

  17. “..possible for an Albertan to publicly support any non-CPC party.”

    I voted for John Turner when I was in University living in Quadra, and voted to support the government of Jean Chretien before that.

    I happen to think that ideological blinders make for bad government, and there was a time where I saw liberalism as the least ideological alternative. I have since gravitated to the CPC because the “new religion” of the day seems to be utopian liberalism.. national daycare, liberal use of HRC’s, and a gun registry that doesn’t do what they say it does.

    Of course, the “get tough on crime” mantra isn’t completely different from the “stop gun crime” mantra.. and I admit, I am wavering.

    I would probably vote for Paul Martin today were that a choice.

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