When casting your vote in the forthcoming provincial election or a future federal election, you should consider several factors including:
- the party platform (what the political party says it will do),
- the party history (what the party has done in the past; its track record),
- the integrity, experience, and talents of the candidates in your riding,
- the stated intentions of the candidates with respect to local issues and effective representation of local concerns within the party and legislative body,
- the honesty, experience, and talents of the party leaders and their commitments to parliamentary democracy.
Therefore, you should consider PARTY – CANDIDATE – LEADER before voting. It may be the best candidate is standing for a party with the worst leader or the best party has the worst candidate. In such cases, you must weigh the merits of the party, local candidate, and leader.
As citizens, you should vote for party who has demonstrated (in its history and platform) that it:
- cares for the country and its citizens,
- is loyal to and honours the monarchy and legitimate branches of government,
- believes in an independent judiciary and the rule of law,
- would restore/ safeguard parliamentary democracy.
You should not vote for a political party because you voted that way in the past or because your parents or friends voted that way in the past. You do not live in the world that may have affected the voting preferences of your grandparents and parents. Furthermore, issues change with time and new circumstances must be considered each time you vote. You owe yourself and your family, and your community and country, to be a thoughtful participant in the electoral process.
You want a candidate to be elected who:
- is honest and who would represent your area to the best of his or her ability,
- votes with integrity on issues considering the wishes of his constituents and personal conscience, and
- who does not blindly follow political doctrine or the pollical leader of the party.
When considering the party leader, please consider the leadership style. You may wish to avoid voting for a party with a leader who does not listen to ordinary citizens and who dominates his or her party members. You should avoid electing a local candidate based on media image of a party leader; politics should be taken more seriously than a beauty pageant.
Remember that in our system of government you are voting for the local candidate, who is usually someone representing a political party. In a general election, you will not be voting for the leader of the party which is chosen by party members.
In summary, consider what a party has done and says it will do, and the qualities of the local riding candidate and the party leader. Think carefully each time you vote. Pray for guidance and vote!!!