Will the United Nations be declaring this as Year of the Voter in BC?
Voters in B.C. have a right to feel a tad overworked these days. That’s because since the beginning of 2011, we’ve been inundated with all kinds of political talk.
Do you think the rest of the year is going to offer a change of pace? Think again.
The ball got rolling when former Premier Gordon Campbell resigned last year. That decision triggered a leadership review within the B.C.
Liberal Party. Not long after, Carole James was pushed out of the B.C. NDP. We were off to the races.
In February, the B.C. Liberals chose Premier Christy Clark as their new leader while the NDP selected Adrian Dix to become Opposition Leader.
These mini “elections” to choose party leaders were merely the political appetizer.
Last month, in Ottawa, federal opposition parties decided it was time to call a federal election. On Monday, Canadians went to the polls and elected a majority Conservative government.
Meanwhile, a by-election has also been called on May 11 for the Vancouver-Point Grey riding. Civil rights activist David Eby is challenging Premier Christy Clark to become B.C.’s newest member of the legislative assembly.
If all that isn’t enough for you, the HST referendum will heat up the political scene in the next few weeks. That means even more phone calls and pamphlets from the Yes and No sides of the consumption tax debate.
A number of pundits are predicting we’ll be into another provincial election this fall. Shortly thereafter we’ll be heading into the civic election planned for Nov. 19.
As the last political event of the year, I sure hope that all this talk of politics will inspire people to vote in their local municipal election. As we all know, voter turnout has hovered around only 30 per cent in the last few municipal elections, and just twice that for federal votes.
Sadly, I think it may end up having the opposite effect and result in record numbers of people staying at home.
A recent tweet I read kind of sums up the political situation we’re facing this year. It said the United Nations should declare this as “Year of the Voter” in British Columbia.
Given the intensity of political activity this year, it would be tough to argue otherwise.
- Post by Daniel. This column was originally published in the Vancouver edition of 24 Hours newspaper. Daniel writes their weekly civic affairs column which is distributed throughout Vancouver every Thursday. Follow us on Twitter @CityCaucus.