Michael Ignatieff at a rally in Sudbury, exhorting Canadians to shake off their “So what?” indifference to transgressions of the Harper regime and, borrowing an expression from Bruce Springsteen’s turgid post-industrial anthem “City of Ruins,” to “Rise up!”
I’m sure Ignatieff and the Liberals are frustrated that Canadians seem largely unperturbed by the various so-called scandals and abuses that have cropped up during Harper’s time in power. For whatever reason(s) however, they clearly haven’t managed to gain much traction, let alone generate a widespread sense of indignant outrage amongst most people. Well, at least not amongst those who weren’t already predisposed to a negative view of the Harper Conservatives.
I’m not sure that pleading with folks to “rise up” at this stage of the game will serve any purpose. I certainly don’t see it taking off like wildfire amongst voters in general. But then, it’s hard to see what would. The level of interest in this election seems remarkably low. In my area, there are almost no signs at all — in fact, there were a lot more for the recent civic elections and we all know what the turnout for those are…
Update: A little more context provided in this report from CBC’s The National.
Towards the end of the coverage in the above clip, the discussion turns towards online voting, which is something that I’ve long advocated as being an option. Perhaps after the historically low turnout that I predict will occur in this election, maybe it will be given more serious consideration.