In the final stretch of the Canadian federal election we have been plunged into a discussion about cultural practices and what people (women in particular) should be allowed to wear. Our current (and hopefully about to be former) Conservative Prime Minister believes that the government should tell women what to wear. He believes that women who wear a niqab should be prevented from becoming Canadian citizens, even when they have completed all of the steps, including removing their niqab to prove identity to a female immigration officer. Apparently a total of two women have ever opted to wear a niqab when reciting the citizenship oath during the citizenship ceremony. Not exactly a burning issue and yet Stephen Harper has decided to make it an election issue. Or perhaps more accurately, an election distraction. He doesn't want us to talk about the stagnant economy, his former colleagues and appointees convicted and on trial, refugees, his secretive, manipulative style of government, income inequality or anything to actually support women in this country.
Labour Day has come and gone. School has started and the federal election campaigns are ramping up. If your kids are like mine after a couple of days sitting at desks, they are both exhausted and high energy bouncing off the walls in need of some activity. Fortunately the Federal Election presents an opportunity for education, exercise and time together.
Election campaigns run on volunteer power. They require volunteers to make phone calls and knock on doors to identify potential supportive voters and then on election day to ensure those supporters get out to the polls to vote. Those volunteers are people like you and me. They are fellow residents and community members who have decided they want to help a particular candidate or party win in their riding.
Read the rest of this post on Kids in the Capital where it originally appeared.
It is election season in Canada and the US. The US sometimes seems to be in perpetual election season. In Canada we are in the midst of a federal election campaign and that means election workers and volunteers are hard at work managing the logistics of the various campaigns. It also means daily media coverage of the campaigns and pronouncements by party leaders. Elections aren’t only won by platforms and policies. They are won on election day by the candidates who can get their supporters out to vote.