Only 62% of Canadians eligible to vote in election 44 exercised their right to do so. Out of this number, the Liberals won 32%. Ultimately, Justin Trudeau was elected to the highest office in Canada’s government, with only 19.8% of eligible voters choosing him. (32% of 62% = 19.8%) By extrapolation, that means that over 80% of eligible voters in Canada did not choose their current government, yet the PM has no shame, and in fact is acting as if he has just laid the golden egg.
To rephrase this, 80% of eligible voters in Canada are, in effect, subsequently experiencing “taxation without representation”, made worse by the fact that the PM is still refusing to allow Parliament to sit, once again using the pandemic “opportunity” as the excuse. In the truest sense of the word, none of this is democratic.
It is troubling that over one third of Canadians eligible to vote did not exercise their agency. Additionally, the lackluster participation at the ballot box by the younger constituent is unfortunate. According to Election Canada polls, the main reason for apathy across this (18 to 24 age group) demographic is that “they are not interested in politics”.
It is safe to state the obvious; “politics have become a train wreck in Canada”. With special interest group “shadow campaigns”, possible foreign interference, divisionism, biased media, and apathy, the political scene is likely going to continue to deteriorate if Canadians do not speak up. The time to do so is now.
Elections Canada – accessed Oct 18/21
Explaining the Turnout Decline in Canadian Federal Elections: A New Survey of Non-voters – Elections Canada