Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 12/10/2008 (3054 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I have been on a few rants in this election about the callous way many Canadians treat voting. I have been repeatedly irked by people who say they don't care, they don't have enough time to pay attention, or they just don't want to.Sorry, but I've got one more.This afternoon, I was talking to my grandmother. She is a 93-year-old veteran of the second world war (she was a nursing sister overseas). She raised three kids and was widowed in her 50s while two of her children were still teenagers. She is now in a nursing home, is almost blind, partly deaf and bed ridden. If anyone has earned a ticket to just relax and not worry about an election, it's her.But come Tuesday morning, my grandmother will be in her bed waiting for the returning officer to come to her room in the nursing home with a ballot so she can vote. She has always voted and she isn't about to stop now, she says. She has paid attention to what the campaigns have said and done. She listened to the leaders' debate on the radio, followed speeches the leaders gave throughout the race and made her decision. She has often voted for the same party but this time she has decided to vote for someone new because she was inspired by something the party leader said and did during the campaign.My hat goes off to my grandmother. I can only wonder what kind of government we would have if the 10 million Canadians who likely won't bother to cast a ballot tomorrow cared as much as she does about her civic duty.