James Bredin

Rookie (1933 / Ennis Canada)

Mandatory Voting In Canada... Poem by James Bredin


Canadian voter turnout has declined in recent years,
Some party politicians are delighted and have no fears,
They are not interested in democracy so much as party power,
So that they can look down from an Ottawa building tower.

The low turnout rate disenfranchises large sections of the country,
Proportional representation disappears in many counties,
Many low income ridings have a turnout of less than half,
Appointed politicians never smile and seldom laugh.

We should show that voting is important in our organization,
And those who don’t vote will receive a fine and a citation,
Our claim to democracy can fall flat if we refuse to vote,
Some powerful party dictator could grab us by the throat.

Submitted: Thursday, January 09, 2014
Edited: Friday, January 10, 2014

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Jan 9th,2014

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