No talking about breasts today, friends – I promise. Instead, I think I’ll stick to a less controversial subject…hmmm…how about politics?
It fills our social media sites and our news feeds and is covered and discussed on radio and television shows and commentaries everywhere, and of course everybody has an opinion about which political leader and what political party is the best one to take us through the next 4 years of government.
I have my own opinion, and my friends and relatives have theirs and we certainly don’t all agree, but that is exactly the way it should be and what we should expect in a democratically-run country during the campaigning that leads up to a Federal election.
I will say this to my Canadian friends and family – please vote. If you didn’t do so during one of the advance polls then please go out on Oct 19 and mark your ballot. Please take voting seriously and think of it not only as your right and your privilege but also as a solemn duty that goes hand-in-hand with having that right and privilege.
Whoever you vote for, whatever party you think should be the one in power for the next few years, go and vote for them.
Please don’t say that you’re not going to bother voting because all the parties are the same and not one of them will care about us anyway once they get into power. Not only do I believe that we are duty-bound to vote but I think we owe it to the Canadians who came before us to honor them and the hard-fought and hard-won rights they bequeathed to us. I can’t imagine NOT voting.
I’ll leave my political writing at that for now. No sense belaboring my point, because I’m not a political pundit nor am I someone with a platform to promote, other than to say that I believe every Canadian aged 18 and over should care enough about this country we choose to live in to cast a ballot on Oct 19.
Well – late Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends. I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing weekend surrounded by people that you care about. I hope you didn’t over-stuff yourselves with whatever you chose to eat and I hope you shared laughs and good times with your loved ones.
I also hope that if the topic of conversation turned to politics at some point during the weekend that nobody became angry at anyone else over an opinion, but that you all encouraged each other to just go and vote on election day.
That’s what we did during my little family gathering. Consensus was that the turkey was perfect, the side dishes were piping hot and delicious, the glasses of wine complemented the meal exactly as glasses of wine should do, and all of us sitting around the table would be voting this month.
In my opinion, that is a lot to be thankful for.
Bye for now, and remember, don’t be a stranger.