Why I Vote (and Why I Spoiled My Ballot)

Most of the people who protested C-51 liked to paint it as Harper creating a police state; I saw it turning really toxic under some future administration with a different definition of an “internal enemy.” The “Stop Harper” crowd have always looked like they were fighting a nemesis created in their own imagination and fitted with Harper’s face; I didn’t see an evil leader but an evil law, with the potential for real trouble when political opportunism and cynicism (inevitably) finds the other side of the blade.

  • Xavier

    What a childish and whiny diatribe. Spoiling the ballot was something a petulant pre-teen would do in a school election.

    • Alain

      Yes and actually it is equivalent to voting for the other side.

  • ntt1

    I had
    Reservations about bill c51 from the beginning .my fear was that an innately corrupt progressive government would pervert it ,turn it around and use it to crush nonPCexpression much like progressives have snuffed out disent on campus, country wide.now Justin is on or more precisely his radical backroom boys .
    It is only a matter of time until free speech comes under government control

    • I have as well, given our experience with Section 13 it is clear that all such efforts are prone to serious abuse.

      • Alain

        Expect a return of Section 13 and a lot worse.

        • Brenda2600

          Like Bill 59 before the Quebec legislature to protect against islamophobia and more

  • WalterBannon

    Justin Turdope is a moron, a global warming tax cult member, a pro-islamic invasion jihadi, and against Canadian oil.

    That is all you need to know to vote against him.

    I would have had more respect if he had voted for the NDP than to spoil his ballot. You either vote for someone, or against someone. He had a tantrum and did neither.

  • Jay Currie

    C-51 did it for me on the argument that a lousy law administered by good people was likely bad but harmless, but a lousy law administered by people like the Liberals could be downright dangerous.

    Not voting or spoiling your ballot are legitimate exercises of a person’s voting rights. In a FPTP system you can calculate pretty clearly what the consequences of that exercise will be in all but the closest ridings. Now Justin is committed to bringing FPTP to an end. (Most third place finishers are, winners not so much.) If that happens voting will have different consequences and choosing not to vote really will mean that others will make your choice for you.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Jay, there is nothing stopping them from passing C-51 now.