I BELIEVE IN EXERCISING MY RIGHT TO VOTE!!!
We are 1 week away from the Federal Election in Canada. Once upon a time as a woman, I would not be allowed to vote. Canada also did not allow Aboriginals, Doukhobours, Hindus, Chinese, Japanese or Prisoners to vote.
Fast forward to 2015 and I am privileged to have been born a Canadian and live in a Democracy where, under Section 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, I am guaranteed the democratic right to vote!
Sure, I can be like many other Canadians who believe there are times that our political system is NOT for the people but that we are secondary to the economy. I do bitch and complain based upon how our Premier is running things. I may feel that we do not have a really good candidate that I really WANT to vote for. Yet, I still stand up and exercise the right that many people before me fought to attain – the right to vote.
In addition, my freedoms ensure I will never have to question my personal right to:
- Open a bank account
- Own Property
- Have a job of my choice
- Have custody of my child(ren)
- Inherit property
- Sue in court
- Buy wine or beer in a pub
OR to even BE a Politician!!!
I thank all those who fought for the right I have today and I encourage everyone to VOTE – express an opinion – regardless of why / how / what that looks like. It’s your democratic privilege!
Thank you to Radio Freethinker / Artizans.com for this: