As this marathon campaign (the longest since 1872 – source http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parlinfo/Compilations/ElectionsAndRidings/LengthCampaigns.aspx), winds to a squeaky, screechy, nails-on-a-blackboard closure, I realize that I am at a loss.
I am truly undecided.
I am informed. I’ve followed Federal Politics for years; debating issues with my family and friends, discussing public policy from a young age. I first voted at age 18, dragging my best friend with me, the entire time lecturing her on the importance of this civic responsibility.
I do not feel an affinity with the major parties. My core values – fiscal conservatism, environmental stewardship, social entrepreneurship, support for families to name a few – are not reflected in any one party, but in snippets across them all.
The candidates within my riding are all quite approachable, and I’ve had the opportunity to chat with each one over the past few months. I am weighing the options of voting for the person, or for the party.
I find it incredibly promising to have a strong voter turnout at advance polls. Our collective apathy has been on the rise the past few decades and Canadians appear poised to reclaim their democracy.
I will vote at some point on October 19.
But my “X” will be undecided until I enter the booth.