The 2006 Canada Federal election campaign starts today. Oh joy.
I was listening to the radio this morning and one of the personalities was talking about the choices (or lack thereof) that we have in the current political landscape. He was suggesting a way to vote for “None of the above” instead of one of the political parties. Lots of people were calling in and suggesting was to spoil their ballots but none of them seemed to understand what that meant.
In a democratic society (or nearly democratic like most are), there is no way to vote for “None of the above”. We (the people) are given a choice when it comes to voting. You may not like any of the candidates or parties but your choice is to vote for the least repugnant of those running. Yes, you could also choose not to vote but then you are not exercising your democratic ability.
So how do you change it? Start your own party. Yeah, I know, that’s damn near impossible and takes a fair bit of money, etc. However, you can do this in Canada if you really want. If you think you have what it takes, start up a new party. Just remember that you’ve got to be less corrupt than the Liberals, less right-wing than the Conservatives and less insane than the NDP. You also have to find some balance that the majority likes. So get your own federal election campaign started and get your new party’s platform known. You never know, you might be able to grab a good chunk of the vote from the people who want to vote “None of the above”.
I won’t be surprised if we end up with another Liberal minority government once this is all said and done. Sometimes it’s best to stick with what you know than to go with something equally as distasteful but unknown.