Since living in Canada my wife has been ineligible to vote. For a politically minded person this has definitely had its downside. Today is the Federal Election in Canada and I will go out later today to vote. In my riding area we have the Green Party, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party, the New Democratic Party, and the Communist Party. I’m not going to take the opportunity of blog space and lecture the few people who read this article about what party they should, or should not vote for, rather it is more of a reflection on my ability to vote.
In the past there has been typically (and sadly) very low voter turn out on election day. In our corner of Canada early voting days made headlines with disgruntled citizens having to stand in a line up for up to an hour in order to cast their ballot. Oh the horror. It strikes me that many counties have people lining up to vote for days on end, waiting long hours in burning heat to cast a vote for a party that probably will never get elected due to corruption of a process. Yet we refuse to wait an hour in line.
Voting has been the talk around our family table for the last couple weeks, as our children will be taking part in their own school ‘mock election’ for the riding where the school is situated. The teachers at the school have done this before with mayoral elections and provincial elections as a way of education the children. It is with keen interest that Hannah and Lucia debate different party platforms. Anke and I have seen the girls shift from simply liking a leader because of the way they look, to getting into the meat of issues and values which are now making their decisions much more informed.
Soon our family situation in regards to eligibility to vote will shift so that once again Anke will be able to cast her ballot in Germany, whilst I will likely be the keen person interested in all the politics, but without the ability to vote. However, I have heard that I may be able to vote for municipal elections in Germany.
We will wait to see what happens in this country…the breakfast table discussion should be colourful nonetheless, and we look forward to having future conversations, debates and talk about our personal values when in Germany.