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In Canada Today More Than Ever Who You Vote For Really Does Not Matter


Christy Clark gets sworn in as premiere of BC despite losing her race in her Vancouver-Point Grey riding.

I believe that in todays Canada who you vote for really does not matter and this is why.

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Ben Stewart steps down for Christy Clark 2nd shot at the brass ring

The elections are over in BC, with the Liberal Party winning at the polls. Unfortunately for Christy Clark, she did not win in her riding of Vancouver-Point Grey, leaving her  without a seat and unable to enter into the Legislature.  Christy  Clark however has since been sworn in as premiere of BC and given a second chance to win a seat in the legislature by displacing a candidate that did run and win. This has me, a Canadian  voter wondering why have the leaders of the party run at all? Consider a candidate in a riding,  is also the leader of the winning party and loses in his or her riding, such as Christy Clark did  in the riding of  Vancouver-Point Grey ends up being treated as if she or he has won the election, instead of losing it;es this seem logical or fair to anyone? When any politician runs in an election, but does not have to respect the will of the people when they lose, to me is just wrong and no democratic.  Christy Clark getting a 2nd chance to do it all over in another riding that should all but guarantee her a victory and a seat in the legislature, seems to me like a slap in the face of the voters, in her riding and the voters in the riding where a winning candidate must step down as was the case with Ben Stewart in Westside-Kelowna. It would seem to me that this flies in the face of the only modicum of democracy that is still left to the voter, the citizen, the constituent and their only power left, the choosing of who will govern them. This is one of the reasons   why I think that it does not matter who Canadians vote for.

 I always thought that you took your chances ran in the election and let the people decide who they wanted representing them.  If there is to be a rigging of the vote by putting the leader in the party in a politically soft area that they should not lose in, than it should be done before an election not after and in case the incumbent loses than the next senior party member should be the prime minister, mayor, or as in this case the premiere.  If this is not to Canadians liking then I think that we should just go to the American system and stop pretending that our vote for the top person such as the mayor, the premiere, or the prime minister really means something. At least the Americans say out front that a vote for the party is a vote for the president and if his party wins he or she is in, there is no need for him, or her to  personally be elected in a riding, because once again if his, or her party wins the election, he, or she is the president, no need to ask a member of his, or her party who has been elected by the people to step down in order for him or her to run in a by-election to enter either house of the government and effectively govern the country and lead the party.  Finally no need to waste tax payers money on by- elections that could be put to better use doing things for the pope of Canada that the government keeps saying there is just no money for like, health care, old age pension lower tuitions for college and university students.

CTV News Reported: Clark must run in a by-election after being defeated on election night in her Vancouver-Point Grey riding. Westside-Kelowna Liberal MLA Liberal Ben Stewart stepped aside last week to allow Clark to run in the riding, which is considered safe Liberal territory. Stewart won Westside-Kelowna with 58 per cent of the vote.

Misled voters in 2006 by going to the polls as a Liberal and getting there vote and then being sworn in as a Harper Conservative

Misled voters in 2006 by going to the polls as a Liberal and getting their vote and then being sworn in as a Harper Conservative

I am not comfortable with politicians who decide that they are going to cross the floor and join another political party after running on a political platform that got them elected in the first place.  We vote for them, the politician, because we are led to believe that they and us the voter are in a common place of thinking as far as where and what we saw as priorities and the direction we wanted to see the city, the province and the country to move in.  When a politician walks across the floor like Liberal MP David Emerson did in 2006 after being elected in his riding as a Liberal and was sworn in as a Conservative without sitting in the House of Commons one day as a Liberal.  This was not a case of disagreeing with his party, this was a case of personal greed and opportunism.  Harper offered traitorous rat a piece of cheese in the form of a cabinet post as “Trade Minister” and he could not resist the cheese.  When this happens I as a voter feel betrayed, used and lied to.  I would much rather that the politician sit as an independent than cross the floor, because when you sit as an independent you are not giving up the core values of what your constituents voted for, but rather seeking the freedom in this case to bring to the table your constituents priorities and needs.  In the case of those politicians like David Emerson who cross the floor for political and personal gain, I think that they should not be trusted and become a vote for hire to the highest bidder. If the likes of David Emerson find that it is that easy to realign your values and beliefs and go along with a party whom you just finished bad mouthing then how can you ever be taken seriously with such a lack of loyalty and conviction?

Feel your party no longer allows you to represent your constituents,  Sit as an independent.

Feel your party no longer allows you to represent your constituents, Sit as an independent.

I do however stand behind the politician who chooses to sit as an independent, until the next election when he or she finds that their party is not allowing them to represent his or her riding, or constituents, or has betrayed the people and are not respecting democracy, being transparent, or have lost touch with Canadians, or are wilfully misleading Canadians  like Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber just did.  This in my opinion is a responsible way to deal with problems with one’s party that just can not be resolved and does not toss out the window or ignore the principles and the values of the constituents in the riding that you are supposed to be representing.  I do not like the Conservative Party of Canada for what they have turned Canada into and I have no love for Alberta MP Brent Rathgeber, but I do respect his stand against not being allowed to represent his constituents, because he was being forced to read politically motivated propaganda speeches full of partisan rhetoric during his back bencher time to speak and having what he wrote censored and altered without his consent by persons in the PMO.

Former Conservative Party staffer Michael Sona has been charged by Elections Canada with interfering in an election in connection to robocalls in Guelph. (HuffPost/Alamy)

Former Conservative Party staffer Michael Sona has been charged by Elections Canada with interfering in an election in connection to robocalls in Guelph. (HuffPost/Alamy)

The final thing that I will speak to in regards to the sad state of Canadian politics is that it is now not enough to cause an election to be deemed invalid because of election fraud, “Robocalls”.  It appears the Supreme Court of Canada has given the green light to politicians to use any means necessary to win even if it means calling people at home and misdirecting voters to the polls as the Conservative Party of Canada was found guilty of doing.  Perhaps it is this type of behavior by politicians that has voter turnout at an all time low in this country? I do not know how  Canadians can be expected to give a damn about what is going on in government, when every word being spoken in the House of Commons, in every Legislature and in every City Hall is a lie and every file looked into exposes a scandal?  There is not one politician, one political party that does not bend, twist or alter in  some way the truth to make their point look right in the eyes of the voters.  Some do it worse and more often than others, but all political parties are guilty of it on all levels of government.  There is not one politician in Canada today that can honestly say that they would not, or have not intentionally misled Canadians to gain political points and that to me is why it does not matter who you vote for in Canada, because no matter who you vote for you end up with a liar and a cheat running your cities, your provinces and the country.

I guess my point is, what is the point of all the campaigning, all of the money spent on elections if the final results do not mean anything when there is a way to turn a loss at the voting polls into a victory thwarting the will of the people you asked to vote for you and were denied?  If I and Canadian’s are cynical and untrusting of the political system in this country and voter turnout is at an all time low at every level of government elections, it would seem to me that it is because it is true when we Canadians ask the question and make this statement, “Why should we bother to vote when in the end who we vote for means nothing because, (a) If you are running in the top position of your party and lose in your riding you can simply run again in another riding assuring yourself a victory and displacing a person who the people in their riding elected. (b) When what the political party and the politician stood for and the platform they ran on means nothing after the election is over?” (c) There is not one politician in Canada today that can honestly say that they would not or have not intentionally misled Canadians to gain political points. (d) When all politicians think that politics is just a game of thrones, or chess and that winning the election at all cost is what is important and the voters, the constituents, the citizens of this country are only pawns to be sacrificed and used to gain advantage over the other political parties  vying for the right to rule the cities, the provinces and the country  for as long as they can.

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