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It’s Your Job!

I have not been politically active since I was a young mother in 1971, but for this coming election, I feel that it is doubly important that all of us be educated voters. We’re only two days into this campaign. Most of what we are hearing is the party leaders slamming each other. Personally, I am more interested in a party policies than what the other guy did, especially when the policy pertains to saving our environment.

Yesterday, I received an email sent out by Clayton Thomas Muller, a First Nations environmental activist. He has compiled a list of thirteen candidates that he and his supporters have investigated and found to be truly willing to deal with the climate crisis. He says they are “bold leaders who will take risks, organize fellow Members of Parliament, and work across party lines to tackle the climate emergency. And, they’re running grassroots campaigns connected to movements in their communities.” I wondered if this was a “Green Party advertisement,” so I followed the link provided. I was surprised to discover that there were two parties represented among these candidates who want to save our planet. Here is the link for you to see for yourself.  Here’s our list of candidates from across the country who will champion a made-in-Canada Green New Deal.

For me, the main message of Mr. Clayton Thomas Muller is to teach us to be politically knowledgeable voters. His group are encouraging other independent sources to document and publicly identify any other candidates worthily committed in a similar manner to the environmental cause. 

Here is my hope: that both you and I will take some time during this election campaign to check out all of our local candidates. Are they aware that our earth is in crisis? Are they willing to work across party lines to deal with this crisis?  As voters, we need to let go of party loyalty. We must each award our vote to the candidate who will stop the squabbling, the put downs. We need representatives who will get down to the business of leading us to maintaining our beautiful world. We need representatives that will put people first, rather than influential corporate interests. We need representatives who are courageous enough to listen and debate in parliament rather than yell, and mock, and oppose on principle. There must be more than thirteen candidates across this country who truly care.

Vote Intelligently

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It’s been a long election campaign and I’m glad it’s nearly over. Some of us may have lost patience with all the political rhetoric. Some of us may have enjoyed the entire ride. Regardless of how we are feeling, in Canada we can cast our ballot without fear of violence. We are truly safe. With this blessing comes a big responsibility. There are at least two things we need to remember. “The right to vote is precious.” And “We need to vote intelligently.”

In his prize winning novel, “Best Laid Plans”, Canadian Author Terry Fallis used humour to illustrate our propensity as Canadians to vote party, regardless of who is running either for prime minister or local MP. He made the point that it is important to listen, observe and think about each candidate and party.

How do we do that? A few weeks ago, some BC students launched a website that helps us see when party leaders are stretching the truth and taking the words of their competitors out of context. We all know that can happen in the advertising industry as well. Claims made for a company’s product can be grossly exaggerated. Even scientific studies can be manipulated to persuade the casual observer a particular product is not good for us.

It’s not just politicians that can pull words out of context. We have to be careful when we quote the Bible as well. The better you know the Bible, the greater the temptation to twist its words to support your position. For example, there are places in the Bible that, when taken out of context sound, like its writers are saying it’s ok to beat your child, or that women shouldn’t be ministers or priests. I sometimes think that if I wanted to I could find a verse in the Bible to support anything. In Canada we can read the Bible without fear of violence, therefore, It’s important for us to read the Bible with intelligence, to remember it’s a book about God’s love for God’s creation.

For the next few days, take the time to really think about the issues in this election campaign. Sift through the rhetoric and back stabbing, and look at the ideals and goals of the politicians. Prepare yourself to vote intelligently. Do the same with the Bible. Take advantage of your right to read this precious book. Do the research. Listen carefully