We are now just a few weeks away from electing a new provincial government and I can count on one hand the number of people I have heard discussing politics and what could be new leadership in Manitoba.
While this would normally make me feel like a bad voter, I canít help but feel sort of typical right now. I am the common man. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Iím not sure.
I canít even say that it is an overall election exhaustion after a record-long federal campaign last year. If anything there was more hype around that because everybody seemed to know Stephen Harperís time was done.
It sounds like Ė and this is just from what I know about Greg Selingerís reputation and the turmoil in the NDP ranks in recent years Ė that Manitoba could be shying away from electing the party again. Iíll be the first to admit I havenít followed any of the campaign to this point though.
But I donít feel like such an outsider because the few times that I have casually asked around, the random folks I talked to couldnít name the candidate in their area and didnít even know when voting day is.
I have to keep asking myself: Am I a bad Manitoban for not paying attention and, quite frankly, not giving a ratís fanny about politics anymore?
A part of me says it would be responsible to know what Iím getting into before I cast a vote, but another part of me has the disgruntled opinions of my dad which is a little more aggressive: Theyíre all liars and crooks making false promises so Iím not even going to waste my time voting for anybody. (While that is not a direct quote itís essentially what he says anytime I ask if he voted in the current election.)
My rebuttal back to him is always, ďIf everybody who had that opinion didnít vote then of course nothing will change. Our vote sends a message.Ē
But does it? Is this the first time I am considering not voting simply because my cynical view of mudslinging politics overshadows the potential importance of my vote in a democratic society?
List this potential voter as ďundecidedĒ Ė not about a particular party but as a participant.