Elections: Would You Let Your Grandparents Decide What You’ll Wear?

Yeah, yeah… Bla-bla-bla… promise this… attack that… my dad is stronger than yours… temper tantrums… All that’s missing is a kindergarten teacher and you’d have the set-up of your first year of school. It’s to wonder if they wet their beds at night. That’s right, we’re talking about politicians. Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to sway your vote folks. But Millennials, please read this… it’s for you!

According to Statistics Canada, in the 2015 election, the participation of voters aged 18 to 24 increased by 18.3 percentage points to 57.1% (from 38.8% in 2011). This is the largest increase for this age group since Elections Canada began reporting demographic data on turnout in 2004. But only 58.7% of eligible voters aged 25 to 34 took the time to vote in the same elections, an increase of 12.3%. While that’s a step in the right directions, it’s simply not enough. Why? Because more than two thirds of the eligible voters aged 45 and over go to the vote stations. Your voice isn’t being heard!

You find hard to follow politics? I can’t blame you. I’m well into my fifties and I’m struggling to make sense of the countless empty promises, the games played with taxpayers and our money. I too am delusioned about self-serving, egotistical and arrogant liars feeding us all a bunch of empty promises, most of which just to get in power, only to turn around and do whatever they want. I get it. But here’s the thing… historically, the people deciding on the elections are the 45 year olds and over!

So let me ask you a simple question:

“Would you let your grandparents decide on your wardrobe?”

Because that’s exactly what you’re doing when you’re not taking half an hour of your time to go out and vote. I really don’t care who you vote for, that’s not important. Have a quick read at their platform and go out there and vote for what YOU believe in. Letting old folks decide has a direct impact on YOU and YOUR FUTURE! By the time the damage is done, they will all be dead and YOU will be left with the debts and environmental devastation… because YOU didn’t take the time to vote!

Do it for your future. Do it for your family, for your kids if you so chose to have any. Ultimately, do it for YOU. You see, political parties, for the most part, don’t cater to you right now because they very much know who votes and who doesn’t… and they gear their political campaigns towards them, not YOU. So surprise them and show up in big numbers. Whether you’re a student or you’re in the workplace, they have to allocate time for you to go vote. DO IT! VOTE! And see what happens… wear what YOU want and not what your parents and grandparents what you to wear.

One last thing: Don’t buy into the “if you vote X, you’ll split the votes”. That’s the biggest crock out there. The ONLY way you’ll get those big political parties know that you’re dissatisfied is when they start seeing their number of seats go down drastically. Only then will they start listening to you and take you seriously. I’m part of the age group making decisions for you. Don’t allow it folks. You have a voice and make it heard. Happy elections and… see you at the polls.

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Drouin Proving Doubters Wrong

It’s June 15, 2017. All is rather quiet in the hockey world as teams are preparing for the upcoming NHL Draft being held at the United Center in Chicago. Suddenly, a bomb blows up in Montreal, when the Montreal Canadiens announce that they have acquired disgruntled left winger Jonathan Drouin from the Tampa Bay Lighting, sending 18 year-old defenseman prospect Mikhail Sergachev the other way. The 22-year-old from Ste-Agathe, Quebec was coming home… but as it is a regular occurance in Montreal, not everyone was happy.

The Canadiens immediately turned around and signed Drouin to a five year contract extension worth $33 million. Habs General Manager Marc Bergevin was obviously thrilled about being able to land a young, top-notch local talent.

“When you have the chance to get your hands on a player of Jonathan’s talent at a young age, it’s very important. This opportunity probably hasn’t been available to me in five years. Plus, he’s a kid from here, so for me it was a decision I had to make. Giving up Sergachev was not easy, but acquiring Jonathan was a chance we couldn’t pass up.”

Since the trade, Sergachev has managed 78 points in 159 games with the Lightning, most of which on the power play while playing on the third pairing. Drouin has since played 163 games in the Canadiens’ uniform, racking up 105 points (33 goals) including a career best 53 points last season. But he went dry in the last third of the season with only seven points in his last 26 games, including a four points game against the Detroit Red Wings on February 26th. So when he had a slow start during preseason games a few weeks, many were calling for him to be traded and it didn’t take long to hear trade rumours involving Drouin. This prompted Habs’ head coach Claude Julien to come to the defense of his young veteran on September 27th:

“Give him a break! There are 25 players on this team. For one reason or another, he’s the centre of attention. He’s like other players. He’s trying to find his touch. It’s the same reality in every team. The most important is that our guys be ready for the season opener.”

Making an impact

And that’s exactly what Drouin has done since the very first game of the season. He has been the Canadiens’ most consistent forward in the team’s first five games, accumulating six points and being an offensive threat every game. His work ethics is irreprochable and his confidence has returned. Playing mostly with Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia, this line has been very productive, Armia having the best start of his career with a team leading three goals (tied with Max Domi).

After the game against the defending Stanley Cup champions St. Louis Blues, a game won by the Canadiens 6-3, an emotional Drouin received an amazing support from the fans gathered at the Bell Centre during his post-game interview. Remember when Carey Price received the same support and was close to tears? These guys are human beings and they care, folks!

Say what you will, this trade was and will be good for both teams and Drouin is working hard on his game. We see him often being the first man back in his zone and he’s still young. You can’t teach talent but you can teach positioning, playing without the puck and that’s what Drouin and the coaching staff are doing. It will eventually pays off… if we’re patient enough to wait a bit to reap the benefits. It seems like it’s starting this year. Go Habs Go!