Tent cities have sprung up around the world and there are outcries at the responses from police forces and government, decrying the injustice against the rights of freedom of speech and protest.
Meanwhile in Vancouver:
Our democratic right to vote could use a little exercise. It’s getting flabby. Only 31 per cent of the Vancouver electorate voted in the last election, the fourth worst turnout since 1930.
I would like to say that I am behind the protesters in Vancouver. I believe in the anti-corporatism sentiments and the right to protest and freedom of speech.
However, let’s remember some basic math. You speak of the 99% that is being shunted. The focus is on this 1% that is getting unfair privilege, priority and control in our current society.
“Lois Jackson… was elected Mayor of Delta with 12,104 votes. A city of 2.5 million people is being run by someone with 12,000 votes.”
12, 000 out of 2,500,000 is 0.48 percent of Delta. Less than 1 percent decided their mayor. When the concern is that the majority is not being fairly treated, we should look to causes like the majority not being properly represented. It’s not only Vancouver, or even Canada that is neglecting to participate in a crucial facet of democracy. Suffrage is a civil right alongside your rights to freedom of speech and to protest. Canada’s voter turnout in the last federal election was 61.1% and the USA’s voter turnout in the last presidential election was 57.37%.
When you’re fighting so strongly for one right, don’t neglect the others.
“What if they called an election and nobody bothered to show up?” is not a rhetorical question. It’s just the sad truth. And it comes just a week after Remembrance Day, when we honour those who died for what has turned out to be a poor excuse for democracy.