CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS ALERT, OCTOBER 21, 2013
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Calgary City Council elections are fast approaching.
We ALL must participate in this election and elect the candidates who are competent, deserving and can stand equally for ALL Canadians irrespective of their colour, race, religion, height, weight, hair or eye colour etc.
Remember, if you do not vote, you let those who want to smother your opinion win. Do not let that happen. Here are some information and action items for you. Please read this carefully and don’t just sit on it (please):
Why Should I Vote? (Election Canada)
Why is it important to vote?
- The right to vote is a fundamental democratic right that is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is the cornerstone of democracy.
- When we vote, we choose the representatives who will make the laws and policies that govern how we live together.
- The legitimacy of a government lies in the fact that it is elected. Low voter turnouts may call into question this democratic legitimacy.
- While democracy involves much more than holding elections every five years, voting is a powerful way to send a message to governments and politicians. The more votes, the more powerful the message is. In other words, every vote counts.
- Compared to other forms of political participation, voting does not require a lot of time or effort – in other words, it is one of the easiest ways to have a say in how your society is governed.
Why is the youth vote important?
- According to our research , only 37.4% of 18 to 24-year-olds voted at the 2008 general election. That means over 60% of young Canadians did not participate in selecting this country’s government.
- When politicians know in advance that most young people don’t vote, they may be less interested in making the effort to be responsive to issues that matter to younger Canadians.
- Some say that young people don’t vote because politicians don’t care about youth issues or don’t talk to young people in their own language. But by not voting, young Canadians lose an important opportunity to make their voices heard by politicians.
(The above two blue headline paragraphs are credited to Election Canada Website)
What do you need to do: (you have 7 action items)
- Find out your ward (link to map and communities is given above)
- Find out your candidates
- Connect with people around you who live in your ward
- Contact candidates’ election offices and find out the candidate of your interest
- Volunteer for the the candidates of your liking
- Make sure that you also participate and attend the Justvote Candidate orientation meetings that may take place in your area
- Join Justvote as a nonpartisan worker/ supporter (that means, that you can have your partisan opinion outside the forum, but within the forum, you are part of a pro-democratic process and only there to encourage the democratic values and democratic processes).
Know your wards and communities:
City of Calgary, 2010 Electoral boundaries
visit city of Calgary’s Website: