Today is election day in Canada.
The last federal election in Canada was almost 3 years ago. Now it is everyone's duty to vote again.
The last election saw the poorest turnout of voters ever in this country. This time it should be different.
The country is polarized and the issues and choices are fairly clear.
People were waiting for the debates to get a sense of how it was going and as usual were disappointed by the format and the quality of debate.
I do believe that we have strong leadership in the 3 main national parties although I may not agree with the policies of some of the parties nor tactics utilized by some of the leaders. The polls show greater approval for all three leaders than we have seen previously.
Young people are getting excited and getting involved. This is a good thing regardless of the outcome.
I mentioned yesterday that in a number of countries right now people are fighting and dying to win the right to vote. Do not take your rights for granted.
Some people believe that their vote won't make a difference - but it will. Every vote sends the message that Canadians care about the future, we care about democracy, and we want better from our politicians.
Canadians deserve better than the government we've been getting over the past three years in my opinion. But if we can't be bothered to drop our I-pods or step away from the TV long enough to inform ourselves on the issues, then our elected officials have no incentive to deliver.
It's time to send all politicians a message - regardless of the party - that you want productive political discourse to return to Ottawa.