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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - Why Canadians Refuse to Vote

Why Canadians Refuse to Vote

by

James Bredin

Why only a few Canadians bother to vote?
Is it because Ottawa is distant and remote?
And those we elect have absolutely no power,
Theyíre told about party discipline by the hour.

They donít represent you - only the prime minister,
Told by the pundits that this is not sinister,
We have to stick to the system and the status quo,
We can vote but itís no more than a TV game show.

So why vote for someone if it means nothing at all?
Canít see your MP on TV against the far wall,
Canít influence their wild tax and spend agenda,
Helpless but elated by CBC propaganda.

Will Stephen change the game or will it stay the same?
God forbid another Mulroney of GST fame,
Are we forever stuck in status quo traditions?
Would binding referendums tame these politicians?

Every four or five years we get an election,
Never know exactly when - itís their selection,
Would recall of rogue politicians stop overstay?
Maybe vote and fix Canada along the way.


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