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A Question for Canadians: What Matters More to You?

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posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 11:02 AM
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As the historically long election cycle comes to its inevitable end this Monday, there will be two urges tugging at the hearts of Canadian voters:

What are you most passionate about? Politics or sports?

Are you willing to give up voting to watch game 3 of the Blue Jays/Royals series?

The game starts at just past 7PM on election day. As one who has worked all his life, I know what goes on in my mind coming home after 5PM… dinner, seeing my family and relaxing after a hard days toil.

How many of you are willing to take a pass on voting and heading for the TV instead of the polling stations which close at 9PM?

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btw… I voted early over Thanksgiving weekend.
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posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 11:09 AM
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a reply to: masqua

Theirs is honestly no excuse for not voting this time around. With advanced polling and mail in votes anyone who doesn't vote is just being lazy and awful or really doesn't care about their country.
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posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 11:22 AM
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Ya because I'm in a remote fly in mine I voted by mail last wed.

NO EXCUSE really



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 12:10 PM
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a reply to: masqua

I think it's safe to say that the majority of people actually going to the game would have the foresight to vote before they go to the game.

By law, every Canadian can leave work to go place their vote at any time during the day as soon as the polls open, if they haven't already placed their vote earlier in the past week. Employers must comply with the law on voting day.



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 12:19 PM
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Masque,

I know your getting up the years but you have heard of TVR right?

Watching debates and news coverage is vintage politics. I have every canditates platform in my inbox. I read it at my convenience. All those people out holding signs are doing nothing but obstructing traffic. It hurts their party more than anything.



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 12:41 PM
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Quite simple logic... If I vote,it makes a difference in who wins or loses. If I watch the Jays nothing I do will contribute to their win or loss. All about priorities.



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 01:30 PM
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a reply to: CranialSponge

About those hours off work...

If workers get off at 5PM, they have 4 hours to get to a poll. The law states that 3 hours must be available for them to get to that voting booth, so those on a day shift (9-5), the employer need not give extra time seeing how they have 4 hours after work to do their civic duty.

This is why I asked the question: What's more important, the game or the line-up at the polling station (?), because surely there will be lineups between 5 and 9:30PM. If one chooses to go vote, they can count on missing most of the sports event.
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posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 01:39 PM
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a reply to: AccessDenied

That was my take as well.

I asked my wife, who is a huge Jays fan, what she was most passionate about this morning... the outcome of game 3 or the election. She admitted that the Jays are holding her attention the most and her excuse was that, as far as politics goes, whoever gets elected will do whatever they want regardless of the promises made in the platforms.

Yes, she's cynical and she's certainly not alone in that thought. I've seen broken election promises before too.

But, truth be told, I still think it's more important to vote and we both did on Thanksgiving weekend.



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 01:50 PM
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This is why I asked the question: What's more important, the game or the line-up at the polling station (?), because surely there will be lineups between 5 and 9:30PM. If one chooses to go vote, they can count on missing most of the sports event.


My point is that people who want to vote are going to vote come hell or high water, game or no game.

Anyone who doesn't vote and prefers to watch the game instead, obviously had no intention of voting anyways.

The Blue Jays game is not going to stop people from getting to a polling station if they are determined to get their vote in before they close. Those who are wishy-washy and don't give a damn either way, will not, game or no game.

Personally speaking, I think the Toronto newspapers are blowing a non-issue out of proportion.



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 01:58 PM
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originally posted by: CranialSponge
Personally speaking, I think the Toronto newspapers are blowing a non-issue out of proportion.




I neither read print newspapers nor their online editions and prefer to get my news from elsewhere on the net. Has there been a related issue discussed on those main newspapers? When I think of national newspapers, the Toronto Star, The Sun, Globe and Mail and a few others come to mind.

I have no idea if they've covered this issue.



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 02:04 PM
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If workers get off at 5PM, they have 4 hours to get to a poll. The law states that 3 hours must be available for them to get to that voting booth, so those on a day shift (9-5), the employer need not give extra time seeing how they have 4 hours after work to do their civic duty.


If memory serves me correctly, I'm of the understanding that an employer must give their employees one hour during the work day to go and place their vote, even if their shift ends at 5pm. There may be any number of reasons why someone cannot get to the polling stations between the hours of 5pm and 9pm (kid's soccer game, piano lessons, or whatever). But either way there doesn't need to be any legitimate reason for for an employee choosing to go vote during the work day... it's a blanket policy across the board available to all Canadian citizens no matter what.

And that's the reason why the option must be given that they can leave during work to do so, they don't need to wait until after they get off from work and employer's must abide by that policy on that particular day.


I always went during the work day because it gave me a great excuse to get out of the office for an hour... and I always urged other employees to do the same so they didn't have to fight the rush later on after work. And I was one of the bosses.




posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 02:21 PM
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originally posted by: masqua

originally posted by: CranialSponge
Personally speaking, I think the Toronto newspapers are blowing a non-issue out of proportion.




I neither read print newspapers nor their online editions and prefer to get my news from elsewhere on the net. Has there been a related issue discussed on those main newspapers? When I think of national newspapers, the Toronto Star, The Sun, Globe and Mail and a few others come to mind.

I have no idea if they've covered this issue.


I don't live in Toronto, so admittedly it's just an assumption on my part that the actual physical Toronto newspapers are covering this just as much as the online news sites are.



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 03:04 PM
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a reply to: CranialSponge

The actual rules:


By law, everyone who is eligible to vote must have three consecutive hours to cast their vote on election day. If your hours of work do not allow for three consecutive hours to vote, your employer must give you time off.

For example, if you live in a riding where voting hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and you usually work from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., your hours of work will not allow three consecutive hours for voting. To give you three consecutive hours to vote, your employer could allow you to arrive late (at 12:30 p.m.), let you leave early (at 6:30 p.m.), or give you three hours off at some point during the work day.


www.elections.ca...



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 06:20 PM
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a reply to: masqua

Elections don't make much of a difference,the real power brokers just allow us to think we the people really contribute to the following political changes that are being promised to us by self-promoted pathological liars. You people want to vote in the next villain who will continue to rape Canada of its autonomy, You will have only yourselves to blame not the people who refuse to spend their times on the most counter-productive political activity. Voting.

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posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 08:07 PM
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a reply to: CranialSponge

Canadians watch baseball? What the actual #, I'm canadian and I seriously thought no body gave two #ing ass twitches about baseball.

I seriously was under the impression those who lived in Toronto didn't attend or watch that boring ass sport by that joke of a team let alone the rest of the damn country.

Baseball is for folks who can't read good, and have less teeth than brain cells.

" Hit it with the stick and try un catch it, hyuck."

The only event involving a stick I will be associated with involves my wife closed doors, and it's not a stick it's my eh em....

I voted at the advanced polls.

PS FU** HARPER!



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 09:09 PM
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I seriously don't give a flying crap about the blue jays.
Multi millionaires playing a game don't need any more attention than they already get, and frankly, don't deserve in the least...
That being said, I also figured out a long time ago that it doesn't matter who you vote for, they rarely if ever fix the crap the previous party brought in, and usually add more crap to it nobody but a few special interest groups want...
Granted, this election might be different, but I'm not counting on it.
The best government we've ever had was when none of them had the power to do anything...



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 09:23 PM
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I can't even believe this is a serious question. Are there actually people who would forego voting over watching baseball?

I can understand people feeling it's futile, or disillusioned with the end result, but it's one of the only choices we have in regards to government decision-making, so I do feel it's important. Why wouldn't you want to pick the person to represent your wishes in Government??

I live in BC, our polls are open from 7am-7pm, plenty of time to vote before or after my work.



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 09:40 PM
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Neither are important to me. I see both as distractions from reality.

Sure, they can both be fun and entertaining in their own ways... But they aren't important.

I don't see current politics as an institution that should be acknowledged as something legitimate. It's all a show when the world is their stage.



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 10:01 PM
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a reply to: Sparkymedic

Bingo!
Bread and circuses...gives you the illusion of participation.
Three parties, sorry 4 parties all telling a variation on a theme.
All if it bull#.
Ever wonder why they are called a party?
Because they're having a great time on our dime, and we aren't invited.



posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 10:38 PM
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originally posted by: Hijinx
a reply to: CranialSponge

Canadians watch baseball? What the actual #, I'm canadian and I seriously thought no body gave two #ing ass twitches about baseball.
I seriously was under the impression those who lived in Toronto didn't attend or watch that boring ass sport by that joke of a team let alone the rest of the damn country.

Baseball is for folks who can't read good, and have less teeth than brain cells.
" Hit it with the stick and try un catch it, hyuck."

You have never played "GOD's ZEN GAME" (understand the positions on the field, the batter vs pitcher) the underneath struggle of the human condition played out on a base ball field.
edit on 18-10-2015 by vethumanbeing because: NO CLUE YOU dismissive missive




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