October 18, 2015

"Every Vote Counts" -- but low information voters should just stay home

Jason & MattRebel Commentators
 

CBC's Rick Mercer wants all Canadians to vote, but should they? 

I explain why not, in a very "Mercer style" way.

Matt Philips and I have been doing our "Every Vote Counts" series for The Rebel, and after interviewing that many uninformed Canadians, I'm begging those people to stay home on October 19.

 

 

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commented 2015-10-19 19:48:52 -0400
Jamie,

This is your problem – for a lot of people, there is much more to consider than just the economy and for those reasons, many Canadians just can’t vote for Harper. If the conservative party didn’t have the mentality like it’s still 1950 and joined the 21st century, that would probably help.
commented 2015-10-19 15:40:22 -0400
@hyacinth: did you read about Andrew Coyne resigning as National Post comment editor this morning after paper rejects election column?? why?? because Postmedia, which owns the National Post and Sun and so many more has endorsed Stephen Harper and the Conservatives but Andrew wanted to endorse a different party.. so they didn’t run his column today..

who has Postmedia in their pockets?? and you are saying CBC and CTV and others are biased?? wow..
commented 2015-10-19 15:04:54 -0400
@hyacinth: newspaper endorse whoever they choose to.. Postmedia has endorsed Conservative.. and all the various polling sources have liberals in lead; is that cbc or ctv fault?

As I said, I have always voted conservative until today.. unfortunately, harper as a leader has caused the damage to the image of Conservative party this election.. I will also state an old saying to you: “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason”
commented 2015-10-19 14:57:08 -0400
Byran your leftist colors are showing, why do I say this? Because you just contradicted yourself in one sentence: "I am not big fan of liberals or ndp but conservatives have screwed up big time.. I can’t change your mind and you can’t change mine.. " that plus taking into account your previous postings tells me you are on the left, either not wanting to admit to a specific party or you are for the Green party.
“problem is when “so called journalism” tries to tell Canadians (whether they have little or more knowledge) to not vote.. really?? is that democracy?? : Explain how that is any different than the bias repeatedly shown on CBC, CTV, and so on telling voters how to vote [namely to vote Liberal]? I will state an old saying to you to (revamped to be politically correct) “Pot meet Kettle”.
commented 2015-10-19 14:15:35 -0400
@hyacinth I don’t need to swing any votes.. voters are already decided.. I am not big fan of liberals or ndp but conservatives have screwed up big time.. I can’t change your mind and you can’t change mine.. problem is when “so called journalism” tries to tell Canadians (whether they have little or more knowledge) to not vote.. really?? is that democracy?? every Canadian citizen has the right to vote whoever they choose to.
commented 2015-10-19 13:38:20 -0400
I see Bryan Edwards is busy blogging propaganda on many articles, looks like the left is busy in the last few hours of the election trying to swing votes.
commented 2015-10-19 13:03:11 -0400
“THERE’S A LEVEL OF ADMIRATION THAT I ACTUALLY HAVE FOR CHINA, BECAUSE THEIR BASIC DICTATORSHIP IS ALLOWING THEM TO ACTUALLY TURN THEIR ECONOMY AROUND ON A DIME.”

- JUSTIN TRUDEAU, JULY 2014

CANADIANS, READ THAT QUOTE THREE TIMES AND THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE. NO DICTATORSHIP HERE!
commented 2015-10-19 12:58:43 -0400
WOW.. it is extremely sad to see what “journalism” is doing here.. who do you think you are to tell Canadians to sit at home and not vote (whether they have more or less info)… it is every CANADIAN RIGHT and responsibility to vote..

WOW.. it is extremely sad to see what “journalism” is doing here.. who do you think you are to tell Canadians to sit at home and not vote (whether they have more or less info)… it is every CANADIAN RIGHT and responsibility to vote..you sicken me.. it is beyond pathetic.. this is what you call democracy??
commented 2015-10-19 10:36:18 -0400
It is so sad to think people would deliberately vote in a Party that is going to raise your taxes, spend 30 billion dollars in deficit financing in the next three years and pile on more debt. All the while destroying our energy sector and squeezing out the private sector. You could not write a Hollywood script more bizarre. Trudeau 2.0 all over again.
commented 2015-10-19 10:32:33 -0400
Stunningly brilliant, considering a low voter turnout will ensure the incumbent stays on; it cleverly implies anti-Harpers are idiots. Similarly, who wants to be the first to blow the whistle on a certain celebrity who’s urging Canadians not to vote for Harper, fully aware that he’s violating the Elections Act?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V5ckcTSYu8
commented 2015-10-19 10:32:32 -0400
Stunningly brilliant, considering a low voter turnout will ensure the incumbent stays on; it cleverly implies anti-Harpers are idiots. Similarly, who wants to be the first to blow the whistle on a certain celebrity who’s urging Canadians not to vote for Harper, fully aware that he’s violating the Elections Act?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V5ckcTSYu8
commented 2015-10-19 08:45:46 -0400
“Bill Clinton is also considered among the greatest Presidents of all time…”

How long is your list, JIMMY?

Now, as for the results of the election, the thing that worries me the most – the increasing public debt load that will fall on the shoulders of the young – didn’t even get honourable mention as an issue. So, if it doesn’t even worry the folks who are going to have to pay it, I guess my concerns must be overblown.
As I told one of our kids, who has already voted for turdo la doo, “It amazes me that the people who are the most ill-equipped to deal with hard times, invariably vote for them.”
commented 2015-10-19 07:14:19 -0400
I am constantly amazed by the ignorance shown by the left in regards to all of the NAZI references towards Harper. Grow up people, read some real printed hard cover books (you know the kind that doesn’t have cartoon pictures) and learn about history instead of listening to propaganda. If you learned what Nazism was all about, you would be ashamed of yourself for using that terminology. Only one person in politics that could be said to have used Nazi tactics was McGuinty, but for only one reason (he enacted a secret law during the G20 that gave police more power). Aside from that one instance NO politician in Canada can be called a Nazi.
commented 2015-10-19 07:03:43 -0400
“Mr Muzzle, Herr Harper of the Northern Foundation”
And WE should take YOU seriously?
commented 2015-10-19 04:50:18 -0400
a) You should be ashamed of yourself to try to deter people from voting
b) Kenneth – That’s a complete misrepresentation of what Trudeau said about the Chinese. As usual, it so grossly misrepresents what he actually said, that it is nothing less than a flagrant lie.
c) The will be no disaster under Trudeau. Rather, it will bring in an era where we can return to traditional Canadian practices of mutual respect and tolerance.
d) Mr Muzzle, Herr Harper of the Northern Foundation, has alienated practically every person in the country who refuses to bow deeply enough to him. Harper is done for.
commented 2015-10-19 03:40:43 -0400
JUSTIN TRUDEAU SAID IN JULY 2014 THAT HE ADMIRES DICTATORSHIP AS A FORM OF GOVERNMENT.

TAKE HIM AT HIS WORD. HE MEANT WHAT HE SAID. HE BELIEVES DICTATORSHIP IS MORE EFFICIENT.

CANADIANS: VOTE CONSERVATIVE TO ELECT A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL PRESERVE YOUR FREEDOM.
commented 2015-10-19 02:47:50 -0400
If people contemplating voting Liberal only realized the catastrophe they will be bringing onto the people of Canada if Justin Trudeau becomes the next Prime Minister. Hyacinth (3 comments down) nailed it as far as what the average Canadian can expect. Trudeau lacks the experience and judgement to lead this country. He really just isn’t up for it.
commented 2015-10-19 01:46:42 -0400
Sheldon, rather than becoming an alcoholic why not listen to Jimmy da Silva’s view that marijuana is much safer. Used within reasonable limits it can cool your jittery nerves without the dangerous effects on the body that alcohol has.
With Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, though, we will face a couple of odd situations: 1) marijuana will be regulated and probably cost more than it does now; 2) if you want to share a spliff with a prostitute you will just have to go to your neighbourhood brothel, but the lady may well be wearing a niqab!
commented 2015-10-19 01:05:50 -0400
Sheldon,

Think of it this way – Harper has been at it for 10 years and many Canadians are just sick of the conservatives, so they want to take a chance with Trudeau or Mulcair. Now keep in mind that it’s not JUST about the economy for many Canadians. Having said that, if things are going to be as horrible as you say they will be, then conservatives will have a lock on future elections for quite some time. It was going to happen sooner or later that conservatives lose.

What political philosophies are you referring to – while you may disagree, Pierre Trudeau is still voted as the greatest Prime Minister and most popular of all time. Bill Clinton is also considered among the greatest Presidents of all time. Hell if he could run for a third time now, he would easily win. I guess Hillary will be the closest thing.

Liberals have had MANY successes and achieved many great things in history to make Canada and America for that matter – much better for all.

I think you are too focused on JUST the economy and terrorists.
commented 2015-10-19 00:11:31 -0400
“I am afraid I might become an alcoholic if Trudeau or Mulcair gets elected.”
Sheldon you won’t be able to afford the alcohol if Trudeau or Muclair gets in, come to think about it there won’t be much that will be affordable. Electric bills will go through the roof, taxes across the board will be increased dramatically, credits and deductions eliminated, TFSA will be a thing of the past, everyone (public sector excluded) will end up like in Ontario: after paying all of the taxes they’ll be deciding if they should heat their home this winter or buy food, the money won’t stretch to cover both.
commented 2015-10-18 23:52:55 -0400
I would like to remind everyone of a certain premiere running the largest economic driver in the country called Ontario. If there are citizens that are not doing so well economically maybe it’s because of the awful financial debacle that is the Ontario economy largely orchestrated by Wynne and her predecessor McGuinty. Also, there was no his little thing called the global financial crisis. Oh – yeah there is also the dramatic down turn in oil prices.
I don’t believe governments can create financial prosperity but they can sure cripple a country’s economy.
Stephen Harper is not perfect but it is so easy to be an apologist for him and his government when you look at the facts and the alternatives. Harper is the only mature and rational choice in this election. I am quite certain there are enough low information progressives out there who will vote against him though. It is bewildering that so many Canadians hate Harper so much that they would vote for one of the other political philosophies. These political philosophies have failed time and time again. I just don’t get it!? I am afraid I might become an alcoholic if Trudeau or Mulcair gets elected.
commented 2015-10-18 23:28:31 -0400
Yvette,

I am referring to various polls that have been done. It shouldn’t be a shock to anyone – when you also consider the fact that the middle class continues to shrink as we speak.

Yes I am sure people who are wealthy have had it good for the last 10 years with all the breaks and loopholes, but that isn’t your average Canadian.
commented 2015-10-18 22:42:17 -0400
If you’re a jerk & can’t even name the Prime Minister of your country, why should you be entitled to vote. You’ll put an “X” next to a name on that list because you happen to like that name best, but have no idea who that person is just for the sake of voting, well that’s ridiculous. If you know nothing about what’s going on in the world then what are you doing voting?? Stay home.
Jimmy….you said that people are worse off now than they were 10 yrs ago…..who are these people? I cannot name one person from all the people I know who are worse off. Nobody has changed their lifestyle & in fact some are better off than before, so stop making up stories.
commented 2015-10-18 22:25:33 -0400
Kenneth,

Have you decided where you will move to?
commented 2015-10-18 22:21:24 -0400
Some posters have said on here that certain types of people should not vote or should not have the right to vote. Guess what, all Canadian citizens are entitled to vote and no amount of bellyaching is going to change that before tomorrow.
If you want to have an effect on who gets elected there is only one way to do it — get out and vote. And why not encourage your neighbours to get out, or even offer to drive them to the poll?
There will be a high voter turn out tomorrow. I hope no-one comes back on this site to bellyache if they did not go out and vote.
commented 2015-10-18 21:49:11 -0400
And of course, there is the eventual end to democracy in Canada if DICTATORSHIP-loving Potboy is elected. We know what will replace it, and it will be hell on Earth to Jimmy, Terry et al when they realize they ushered it in with their votes.
commented 2015-10-18 21:45:30 -0400
Canadians are generally better off now than when Harper became PM, but if Potboy becomes PM, we will all be much worse off, as he subverts Canada to his twisted anti-prosperity agenda and to his various cronies’s interests.
commented 2015-10-18 20:41:43 -0400
Joan,

Many polls have stated exactly that – that a majority of individual Canadians are worse off now and I suspect that is among the reasons why there is such a passionate movement to get rid of Harper.
commented 2015-10-18 20:34:26 -0400
Peter,

So if Harper loses tomorrow – what can I expect your excuse to be? The MSM? Low information voters? Or is it possible that the polls were right and Canadians have not been happy under Harper? Will you be able to concede anything?
commented 2015-10-18 20:32:33 -0400
Jimmy, I disagree that Canadians are worse off today than 10 years ago.

In 2005, the pro-shariah lawfare agenda in Canada was still largely hidden from view in our civil service and society. Chretien had done Canada a lot of damage with his anti-American, pro-9/11 endorsements and his hostilty to Israel. There was an even greater gag on media than today.

I remember, in 2004, a cbc Windsor report that cbc journalists could no longer impartially report the news because of the high volume of very credible death threats.

Once, during the wee hours, I spent an hour on the phone with a CSIS agent who was very frank with me that its agency intended to fight the silent invaders.

We weren’t better off ten years ago. Just much more ignorant and much more vulnerable.

Cheers!!

P.S. Good luck tomorrow. Whatever the outcome, the sky will not fall. :-)