Today was a big day in Canada. Election day to choose who we Canadians wanted to represent us in running the country.
And I wasn’t able to participate.
I’ve been used to the feeling of standing on the sidelines of democracy as we’ve lived in the US for the past 10 years, following the issues with great interest but unable to cast a vote to represent my voice.
But I always figured I would be able to do in Canada, as a Canadian.
Not so. You see, thanks to former Prime Minister Harper, expats that have resided outside of Canada for over 5 years no longer have the ability to vote.
So that leaves us in the shocking position of having lived in some of the most prominent democracies in the world, but not being able to vote in either of them.
It may not seem like much, but I was raised to treat that privilege with great gravity and respect. And I don’t take it lightly. I have always believed that anyone who has the right to vote should absolutely exercise that right, no matter who and what it is for.
Votes are voice.
And apparently, as of this moment, I’m voiceless.
So yes, I’m happy that Canadians voted for change. But I also hope that change means giving back all Canadians this most fundamental right to cast their vote.
And have their say.