It is interesting how we, as the public, have become numbed to what is happening around us. Mass shootings, changes to tax laws affecting small business, massive hydro increases, auto insurance increases, and unnecessary spending at all levels of government.
Oh sure, there is a bit of an outcry when the news first surfaces but it soon fades and we accept it as part of life and move on. Most of these things are controlled, or at least influenced by either the municipal, provincial, or federal governments. How many of us contact our representatives, you know, the ones we voted in at the last election, and let our views be known?
Is it because we have lost faith in the political system or those who run for office? It is the only system we have and unless we use it as intended, it will have no guidance.
“According to political scientist Larry Diamond, democracy consists of four key elements: (a) A political system for choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections; (b) The active participation of the people, as citizens, in politics and civic life; (c) Protection of the human rights of all citizens, and (d) A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens.” (from Wikipedia)
We may not be able to change the outcome, but unless we take ‘active participation’ we will never be able to influence the decisions. It is not enough to elect government, then let them have free rein. That is not what democracy is about.
You may not have voted for the party or individual that is representing you, but they are your conduit to the decision-makers … use them!
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