If you don't vote, don't complain

"If you don't vote, you lose the right to complain"
Go to a dinner party, talk to a colleague, turn on talk radio … and it’s clear: virtually everyone is ready to throw in their two cents about what’s right and what’s wrong in this city. But why should we be allowed to complain if we don’t even bother to do our civic duty and vote on election day?

The countdown is on … this Monday, October 25th, you get to have your say about who will sit around the council table at Ottawa City Hall. But here’s the sad reality. Based on voter turnout last time around (which was actually considered quite high, if you can believe it) nearly half or us won’t take the time to stop in at a polling station and cast a ballot. That’s right. Half of the taxpayers in this city don’t vote.

Half of the people at that dinner party likely didn’t bother to speak up at the polls. Half of the colleagues you talk to didn’t actually cast a ballot. Half of the people calling in to a radio host to moan about the state of civic affairs likely didn’t vote. 

You get what you ask for. We can lament all we want about the need for change, but if we don’t assume the responsibility to try to make it happen, what can ever get fixed?

So my blunt message to those of you who don’t live up to your end of the democratic bargain: if you don’t vote, you have absolutely no right to complain.

Let’s get informed … let’s mobilize … and let’s have our say on Monday. You can find out everything you want to know about the ward candidates at our community website www.fairchance2010.ca 

And tune into Rogers Cable 22 on Monday night at 8. See you there …


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September 2020