The Morning After Another Provincial Election

(Updated on 8 Oct 2011)

Another provincial election has come and gone, and following a pitiful 48% 49.2% voter turnout (as reported by one of my Tweeps) (with one wondering from whence the .2% comes), the Liberals are back in power at Queen’s Park for a third consecutive 4-year term.

Okay, so it’s a minority government. But not by much: CTV News declared that incumbent Premier Dalton McGuinty fell just one seat short of a majority government.

For all the complaining that people do about their provincial or federal elected officials, my question to you is: where were you on Election Day? It’s not as though you weren’t provided with ample opportunities to cast your ballot at any one of the Advance Polling Stations. Elections Ontario even posted an Accessibility Action Plan on its Web site, ensuring that everyone could exercise their right to vote be it by “special ballots, home visits and assistive voting technologies.”

With all of those options in place, I’m not sure what more could have been done to ensure that folks got out there. “Apathy” and “elections” seem to go together as inextricably as peanut butter and jelly in a sandwich. But why?

It seems awfully clear to me that if we don’t stand up and choose the type of government we want, we get the government that we deserve.

How sad.

We can do better than that.

We have to.

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Being Friday, I thought I would provide a little levity:

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