With elections on the way this October, I have been making an effort to decide who I would want to vote for. Of course I wont be able to vote just yet because I am only sixteen, but when the time comes I want my decision to be informed and beneficial as possible. My parents vote for the Conservative party consistently and are actually big supporters, but I feel like I am not quite on the same page. It kind of confuses me why my parents vote for the conservatives, not that they are a bad party but that I didn’t realize that my parents supported all of their beliefs. It also confuses me that I would have a different opinion as my parents so that is why I want to learn a bit more of each party so that my decision would be purely based on my parents influence and so that I don’t end up regretting my decision.
Every party needs substance, and after all of the whole government part, I think that is what the party comes down to for me. In other words I really value the identity of a party. I don’t know a lot about politics and specific economic stuff and what not so I kind of rely on the identity of a party when it comes to “choosing” one. Maybe it’s because I’m still sixteen and not a lot of the political stuff directly affects me in any way, but I want to be sure that the party that I do choose does it’s job right. And in the end there’s no telling because as far as I know the conservatives could be doing a good job right now and I just never really acknowledged it but I’m sure that when I become an actual adult I will know.
When I said that I want to be sure that the part knows how to do its job right, I mean that it has to have a good identity/reputation. Because with a good identity, I can put my trust into the party knowing that they will respect it. What good is the government, if it makes all the promises to do the things the people want but then drops them. There’s always no telling if a party will have a perfect reputation and live up to it, they might just be putting up a front for the people and do things completely different when they get elected.
Something that intrigues me is the liberal identity. First of all, I feel like they are trying especially hard to win over the people. Their unnecessary use of hashtags and the whole invisible government thing about sharing everything they plan to do all leads to creating an identity. The liberals invisible government policy is especially interesting. Like I mentioned, how can we be sure that every party commits to all of their, and supposedly with this policy we are supposed to know everything the liberals are doing. The liberals want to do a lot of things, and especially with the whole truth and reconciliation thing when Justin Trudeau promised that he would make sure that all 96 of those tasks would be done if he was prime minister, clearly he said this to add to the liberal identity, but a lot of things on that list are unreasonably hard to do.
The liberals care a lot about their identity, but I feel like they have put too much priority on it. Again, every party needs substance and right now the liberals are looking kind of shaky to me. Maybe I am wrong, and the liberals are actually going to do all of these things they promised to, and honestly we will never know until it happens but until then I will be watching, waiting for the day that Justin Trudeau can get the Pope to apologize for residential schools.