Leaders’ Post-Elections Speech Ratings

First, allow me to apologise in advance for writing about politics on this blog but while my passion is hockey (and hunting), I do have a section on the blog that I call Slice of Life, a whole section in which I write about everything and anything that comes to mind that’s not hockey related. Granted, it’s not my main focus but it’s one that I will start developing more as I realise that in life, there’s so much more than hockey and that, as much as I love the game.

Yesterday was Elections day in Canada and voting, even if we don’t think will make a difference, is very important. It’s a privilege that we have by living in a country where soldiers fought for our freedom and our rights to a democratic society. You see, we have a choice, we have a voice, and even on this blog, I encouraged everyone to go out and vote, particularly younger people. And the people of Canada have spoken: our next government will be a Liberal minority government with the Conservatives as official opposition. Quebec has also spoken loud and clear by bringing back the Bloc Quebecois from the dead.

I will leave the detailed analysis to political experts, which I certainly am not. But what struck me as a Canadian last night, were the speeches of every party leader. Most of them were humble, positive, and all but one was respectful of their opposition. All but Conservative leader Andrew Scheer, but we’ll get back to it. First, let’s listen to Yves-François Blanchet of the Bloc Quebecois:

Humble yet clear that he will be serving the people who gave him a clear mandate. Respectful of other parties nonetheless. No BS in this speech.

Now, the speech that impressed me the most, personally. See, I have never stopped to listen to NDP’s leader Jagmeet Singh speak before last night and I was shocked to hear how poised, genuine and respectful of a man he is. He shocked me when he broke into French too. The late Jack Layton, the last politician to truly “speak to me”, would have been proud of that speech:

Now our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, with the same speech he’s been giving, and pardon me to say that it’s the same lip-service he gave four years ago, breaking hundreds of electoral promises after that. Will this time be different under a minority? Time will tell. But here’s what Mr. Trudeau had to say:

Last but not least, Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives, who have won the West single-handedly. Notice the difference in the tone and what he says, compared to the previous three:

Attacks, sour grapes, like a kid who didn’t get his way. Mr. Scheer if I may… yes, you won the popular vote but only because you had most of the votes out West. Don’t fool yourself. Anyone with a solid platform would have taken advantage of a Trudeau who, let’s face it, had basically knocked himself out with the SNC Lavalin lies, the blocking of the RCMP investigation, the Phoenix payroll fiasco, the “outfit outrage” on his trip to India, the “black man” Halloween picture, his loosy-goosy immigration and many other blunders.

All you had to do, Mr. Scheer, was to come up with a political platform that would cater to the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario as you already had the West in your back pocket. Instead, you chose to keep putting down a Trudeau who was already down, and rally your own troops out west. And you continued making the same mistake in your post-elections’ speech. This was YOUR elections to lose and you did a fantastic job at it. Instead of accepting defeat with grace, you did what no other leader has done: continued your attacks. People in Canada have taken notice and that, no matter what party they’ve supported in this election. In a world where you need to get more voters outside the Conservative contingency, you have pushed potential supporters away… again. The Liberal didn’t win those elections as much as you’ve handed them the win on a silver platter.

Rant over folks. Elections are over and it’s time to get back to hockey (and hunting). We have a Government. Did I “lose” my elections? No. Did I “win” my elections? Not based on the party that was elected but yes, I won my elections by having exercised my right to vote. The people of Canada have spoken and I beg you follow my lead by putting your political differences aside and return to being CanadiAns… and cheer on our CanadiEns! Go Habs Go!

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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.