That troublesome election
It now seems we have an election on the way. Which is being billed, by some in government, on Twitter and in some news "streeters" on TV last night, as a bit of a bother. This is apparently because we are evolved as a nation enough to be kind of sarcastic/cool about elections, as opposed to nations we have to invade or bomb or censure at the United Nations to ensure that people have the right to vote.
Canada's long-form census is now voluntary, not mandatory, just like our elections. In other words, feel free to throw that census form or ballot in the garbage can, and go back to whatever you were doing before that
intrusive question was foisted upon you. And don't forget taxes. They too are annoying, if you listen to the political noise. Parliament -- that thing you elect -- just a place where people play games. The public service -- a burdensome obstacle. Is there anything about the civic life of this country that stands above insults from the political class?
Now, an election is upon us, probably within days, barring some major backing-down.
The politicians we've elected ought to stop pandering to this democracy-is-so-annoying stuff. It's not consistent with the praise that's repeatedly (and rightly) heaped on the Canadian troops, who sacrifice much for democratic ideals. It also assumes that people, other than the soldiers, are idiots.
The fact that folks got angry about Parliament being prorogued, about the mandatory census being scrapped, tells me that Canadian citizens are not stupid at all, and they don't like being called lazy or uninterested. Besides, practically speaking, insulting the electorate doesn't seem to be the best way to get people's votes.