A ballot for the future

A ballot for the future To vote, is appropriate for all ages. I am voting for a more peaceful political climate. I immigrated to this country because of its reputation as a peace-loving democracy. Now I am living in a country at war, jumping on addition

To vote, is appropriate for all ages.

I am voting for a more peaceful political climate. I immigrated to this country because of its reputation as a peace-loving democracy.

Now I am living in a country at war, jumping on additional opportunities to go to war, which has only 27 peacekeepers on active duty.

I need a voice in Ottawa to challenge the dominant discourse.

Canada’s democracy has eroded to a parliamentary culture that looks like an uninspiring stand-up comedy show. I am voting for constructive debate on political issues that leads to non-violent solutions for the future.

I am tired of consecutive attack monologues. I crave integrity and collaboration for the common good.

My understanding is that elections are the main way for the people to participate in our model of democracy. Prime Minister Stephen Harper tells his people this election is unnecessary. I am not supporting another domineering and patronizing politician. I feel sorry for Ryan Leef, who portrays himself as a cage fighter.

Cheap and violent entertainment can be found on TV.

I am looking for a fair and sustainable economy that provides equally for all citizens. I am not looking for more tax cuts so I can buy more cheap imports from outsourced manufacturers.

The world needs a vision beyond the inequality that is the foundation of consumer-based, free market ideology. Canada needs governance based on social justice, not charity, to eradicate poverty.

I am voting for respect for diversity. I am pleased to see Kevin Barr nominated as a candidate with First Nation ancestry.

I vote for John Streicker. He will represent the Yukon in Ottawa as well as Larry Bagnell did, and he will work for a vibrant and sustainable future past the next election period and respectful debate in politics.

I owe this vote to my son who will be old enough to cast a ballot in the next election. And I owe it to everybody who desires to live well past the next election cycle.

I encourage everybody in the territory to go and vote. It is the only way for the common person to participate directly in democracy.

Othmar F. Arnold

Whitehorse