Voting in an election is at the forefront of the Canadian democratic system. It allows individuals regardless of gender ethnicity an religion to have a voice in creating the society that they wish to live in. Voting is “a formal indication of a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action, expressed typically through a ballot or a show of hands or by voice.” When you vote, it allows your voice to be heard. The simple act such as voting could change one’s life forever. It is important because it means you have done your research and knowledge on what you are voting for, you can confidently put trust into this person or action. There are many countries out there where the citizens do not have a say in the person running their country or actions being implemented into the countries. They do not have any freedom or a voice. Voting is a privilege that citizens have. With our vote, we have the power to change our future. Not only does it benefit those running or the actions being placed but the citizens of the country because if it wasn’t for them then they wouldn’t be where they are today. Now obviously there are a lot of cases where voting does not work out for many citizens but that should only encourage them to vote smarter and better in the future and to really learn what they are or aren’t voting for.
Politics “is the activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, especially the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.” Politics to me doesn’t really mean much. I am at the age where I am starting to be more aware of my surroundings and issues going on around the world but I am not yet at the place where I can freely talk about politics or talk about what is happening around me with others because of my lack of knowledge. I always saw politics as something people who are older talk about but now more and more kids of my age are picking up on many of the issues going on around us and I believe that’s mainly due to social media because personally without it, I wouldn’t know much of what’s going on around me. As someone who cannot yet vote because of my citizen status, I don’t truly pay much attention to politics because regardless of if I pay attention or not, my vote would never count and it would never go through. I haven’t earned that privilege of voting yet and it doesn’t motivate me to get involved in politics.
At the moment, a political issue I’d like to see get addressed it why the process of a family from a different country moving to Canada takes years and years to be dealt with. There needs to be an easier system and process to go through because why does my family who has been here in Canada for 13 years still not have a citizenship. I have been here since I was 4, I grew up here, went to school, working in this country, put money into this country yet I have no official documents to say that I am a citizen. It is not just my family but millions of them that are going through the same thing. We are working on bringing immigrants over and providing them with a better life, we need to make this process easier for us and them.
I live in Brampton, that is split up into Brampton East, Brampton West, Brampton North, Brampton South, and Brampton Centre. I live in Brampton North which makes Brampton North my federal riding. My provincial riding is Brampton-Springdale, Ontario. The ward I live in is ward 2 of the City of Brampton. My MP is Ruby Sahota. Ruby has been in service for two years two months, her political affiliation is Liberal Party of Canada. Born in Toronto, raised in Brampton, she is an active member of her community and tries to give back as much as she can. Before she entered politics, she worked as a lawyer practicing in the areas of Criminal Law, civil litigation and dispute resolution in both the private and public sector, Handling files at the national and international level. Ruby has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Peace Studies from McMaster University and a J.D. with a concentration in Litigation from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. In parliament, Ruby is the elected Federal Liberal Ontario Caucus chair, vice chair of the genocide prevention group. Ruby co-chairs the all-party Entrepreneurs Caucus and is the vice President of the Canada-India friendship group.
My impression on Ruby Sahota is she is a very knowledgeable woman, she has invested a lot of time into working on making her city a better place. Ruby is very involved in her community, she holds fund raisers, she hosts women focused discussions and she likes to have fun with kids and even adults in the community. When I first read about her, I got the impression that she was in this for the community rather than money or power.
My MPP is Harinder Malhi. Harinder is the Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Harinder sits on the standing committee for the Legislative assembly as well as the finance economic affairs committee. Hardinder has lived in Brampton for the past 18 years, herself and her family have all been involved with the government at all different levels ranging from municipal, provincial and federal. Before being elected to the Ontario Legislature, she was a school trustee and represented Brampton Wards 9 and 10 for the Peel District School Board. Through that, she built a strong relationship with the teachers, staff, students, parents of the school and members of the community. Harinder is involved with many community organizations, volunteering her time to work with residents to collect food for shelters and food banks. My impression on Harinder is that she’s very involved within her community. She devotes a lot of time into being present and active when she goes out to different meet ups and from pictures of her meet ups, you can tell she enjoys being there and giving back to the community she grew up in.
The municipal Councillor for Brampton Ward 2 is Doug Whillans. Doug Whillans was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, he has lived in Brampton for over 50 years. Doug first got a summer job at Credit Valley Conservation Authority and later got a full time job working for the City of Brampton. He eventually and successfully ventured out to the private sector mid 1980’s. In 2014 he was elected to Brampton City Council as City Councillor. Doug’s parents were very strong supporters of the Peel Memorial Hospital and he continues that commitment by raising money for the new Peel Memorial Centre as a member or the campaign cabinet. Doug has a passion for the natural environment and protecting it. He does his best to preserve and protect Brampton’s Parks and naturalized green spaces so that future generations can enjoy them as well. Brampton is full of all life and ages and he is committed to providing facilities access to recreational programs that are important and essential to the health and wellbeing of the community. Doug is a cabinet member for the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, current committee member of City of Brampton Sports Hall of Fame Committee, Past president of the Brampton Minor Lacrosse and much more. Dougs focus is on giving back to the community he watched develop since he was born and it committed to helping it continue to grow and flourish so that many future generations to come can enjoy it.
My impression on Doug is he comes from a family background that was passionate about the community and he uses that to drive him to better the community not only for him but for the members in it. Not only is he involved with politics but he also devotes his time to sports and youth. He is a recipient of the Ontario Lacrosse Association Merv McKenzie Award for his commitment to help develop lacrosse in Brampton. To me, Doug at first just by pictures seemed to be the politician who didn’t really care for the city but was in it for power but upon reading his history, he turned out to be a very committed, determined and passionate city councillor member.
There were 14 parties registered in this election, there were 14 parties registered. The party that I have chosen is the Animal Protection Party of Canada. The party was founded in 2005 by Liz White. The party once used to be called Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada but in 2005 became Animal Protection Party of Canada where Liz White had become Party Leader. The party runs campaigns on wide range of issues that are related to animals and social justice. Outside of elections, activism and advocacy is the main focus for the party. Not only do they work on their own campaigns but also support other campaigns and organizations that share the same goals and objectives. A few campaigns the APP works on is cosmetic testing on animals, pets in research, factory farming, horse drawn carriages, goose culls, BILL C-246: modernizing animal protections act, Human/wildlife interaction, and deer culls.
The conservative party currently run by Andrew Sheer, vision is to create a Canada that is strong, united, independent and free. According to the website, the conservative party stands for sovereignty and a strong national defence; open federalism and national unity; individual achievement and free enterprise; and to give all Canadians opportunities to achieve their dreams through a safe, healthy, and prosperous country regardless of one’s background. The leader Andrew Scheer was first elected in 2004 for the Member of Parliament for Regina-Qu’Appelle, defeating the longest serving member of the House of Commons. Andrew had been re-elected four times, holding the position of Speaker of the House of Commons from 2011 to 2015. Before becoming the conservative leader, Andrew was the Official Opposition House leader. In his earlier years, Andrew attended the University of Ottawa and University of Regina for History and Politics. After passing the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker program, Andrew began working in the insurance industry in Regina, Saskatchewan. My impression on Andrew Scheer is he gives off the impression that he is stuck up and there for the power. He also comes off as very knowledgeable with his history in school and being involved with politics.
The green party is currently lead by Elizabeth May. The green party was founded in 1983 at a conference held at Carleton University Ottawa. In the 1984 federal election, the party ran with only 60 candidates. The Green Party believes that all lives on the planet are “interconnected and we as humans have a duty to protect and preserve the natural world. A few things the Green Party supports are green economics, progressive social planning and responsible and accountable governance. The party continues to develop since its first been founded. With their membership expanding and their showing at polls improving, the party has fielded 111 candidates in the 2000 federal election bringing it up from 78 in 1997. The Green Party made history back in June 28 2004 when it had candidates in all 308 ridings, making it the only fourth political party to do so. The party secured 4.3 percent of the popular vote. Under the new Elections Canada rule, a party is required to surpass the 2 percent threshold for party financing. Once again, the party ran all 308 candidates in the election held on January 23rd 2006. Increasing its popular vote to 4.5 percent, securing party financing.
Elizabeth May is the leader of the Green Party. She is the first elected member or parliament and representing Saanich-Gulf Islands in southern Vancouver Island. Elizabeth is known as an environmentalist, writer, activist, and lawyer, with a long record as a committed activist for social justice. Elizabeth may was born in Connecticut and moved to Nova Scotia with her family in 1973. In the Mid-1970’s, Elizabeth was a volunteer in the grass roots movement which at the time was against proposed aerial insecticide spraying old forests near her home in Cape Breton Islands. Elizabeth and the movement were successful, preventing aerial insecticide spraying from occurring in Nova Scotia.
Years later, Elizabeth and local residents went to court to prevent herbicide spraying. In 1982 they were able to hold off the spray programme through temporary injunction but after two short years, the case was lost. when the Judge ruled the chemicals were safe to use, the export of dangerous herbicides from the US had been banned and once again, Nova Scotia’s forested we’re spared. With a law degree from Dalhousie University, Elizabeth was admitted to the bar in Nova Scotia and Ontario. Elizabeth became the Associate General Counsel for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre working on behalf of the consumer, poverty and environmental groups. She’s worked with Indigenous People’s internationally and Canadian First Nations.
Elizabeth has quite a history. In 1986 she was the senior policy advisor to federal Environment Minister Tom McMillan. She was involved in the creation of several National Parks, as well in negotiating multiple new legislations and pollution control measures. Elizabeth was involved in a number of organizations such as International Institute for Sustainable Development, Vice-Chair of the National Round Table on Environment and Economy, and Earth Charter Commission which was co-chaired by Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev
She has taught courses at School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University and Dalhousie University and holds four honorary doctorates from Mount Saint Vincent University, Mount Allison University, University of New Brunswick, and the Atlantic School of Theology. Elizabeth was the executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada, a position she’s held since 1989 but stepped down in June 2006 to run for leadership of Green Party. August of 2006, she was elected as the party’s tenth leader and in the 2011 election, she was the first candidate from the Green Party to be elected to the House of Commons. In 2015, she was re-elected. My impression of Elizabeth is she is passionate and determined. She fights hard for the protection of the Earth and doesn’t give up when it seems like they may come up short.
The liberal Party is led by Justin Trudeau. As stated on the Liberals website, Trudeau’s vision for this country is to immediately invest in jobs and growth, lower taxes for the middle class and wants to make it a place where everyone has a shot at success. Justin Trudeau graduated from McGill in 1994 with a B.A. Justin wanted a job where he could have a positive influence in the world and in a way, teaching would help him achieve that. He graduated from the university of British Columbia’s educational program and was teaching French and Math in Vancouver. He found himself wanting to return to Quebec to settle down and start a family.
In 2005, he was speaking at conference and events, chairing the Katimavik board. A position in which he successfully encouraged the Chrétien government to increase funding to 20 million dollars a year. He went around to different High schools across the country to deliver speeches about community service and volunteerism. He was on the Canadian Avalanche Foundation; he would speak about avalanche safety through events at ski resorts across the west. It was speaking with young people that helped him discover a passion. A life of advocacy.
Justin Trudeau’s career as a politician started in a parking lot. He was going around, approaching strangers, asking if they’d like to pay $10 to purchase a Liberal party membership. This was all done because it was the opening days of the nomination battle, a battle that would determine the candidate that would carry the Liberal banner in Papineau when the election gets called. When the nomination meeting had arrived he’d spend early mornings at malls, going up and down streets, talking to people, getting to know their concerns. This all led to him winning the first ballot that evening with 690 of the 1266 ballot casts.
Late 2007 to early 2008, Justin continued to campaign, waking up at seven to go to train station handing out pamphlets, then going to stores and restaurants, visiting senior community centres, going back to hand out pamphlets and doing all that again the next day. Election night came and he was elected to win Papineau. Justin was in Mount Tremblant July of 2012, sitting around a campfire with family with family, friends and advisors when his campaign for leadership of Liberal Party began. Throughout the campaign, he would always refer back to “the growth that works for the middle class, fair economic opportunity for everyone; respect for and promotion of freedom and diversity; and a more democratic government that represents all of Canada.” On November 4th 2015, Justin Trudeau was elected to be Canada’s 23rd Prime minister in which he made history by having equal number or men and woman in cabinet. My impression of Justin Trudeau is he is a family man, cares about the citizens in this country, wants better life for those in other countries and what I really liked is on the website, the page dedicated to himself, it’s written as if he wrote it, if he’s talking to us and sharing his story personally to you.
New Democratic Part is led by Jagmeet Singh. NDP was founded in 1961 and Tommy Douglas, premier of Saskatchewan was its first leader. NDP continues to fight for ordinary Canadians and delivery results. NDP believes we can build a better Canada, one that’s prosperous, sustainable, where no one is left behind. NDP helped introduce universal medical care, public pensions and the expansion of Canada Social safety net.
Jagmeet Singh was born in Scarborough, Ontario. Part of his childhood was spent in St. John’s and grew up in Windsor, Ontario. Jagmeet has a B.Sc. in Biology from university of Western Ontario and a LL. B from Osgoode Hall Law School. In 2011 he was elected as… for the Bramalea-Gore-Malton in 2011 riding. 2014 he was re-elected. From 2015-2017 he served as Deputy House Leader and later became Deputy Leader of the Ontario NDP. Jagmeet provided Pro-Bono work, helping community organizations fight for social justice issues such as anti-poverty campaigns as well as immigrant and refugee rights. He’s also provides university student with free seminars on “know your rights”. As a Provincial Member of Parliament, he fought to tackle economic and systematic injustices, ensure stronger protection for workers and to end arbitrary street checks, otherwise known as “carding” by police.
My impression of Jagmeet is even as a leader, he does out of his way to provide free seminars or volunteer to help others better understand and help them achieve their goals. I saw a video of him, speaking and a woman was in his face, shouting at him and instead of fighting her or arguing with her, he encouraged the audience to show her compassion and love and to welcome her. To me, that’s amazing to see how he handled being in that situation. He didn’t fight fire with fire, he just let her get it all out and still had open arms.
My Riding is Brampton North. The local Candidates are GILL, Parm (Conservative), SAHOTA, Ruby (Liberal), SINGH, Martin (NDP-New Democratic Party), and THORNHAM, Pauline (Green Party). Parm Gill is no longer a Member of Parliament; he was a member from 2011.05.02 to 2015.10.18. Parm Gill was elected to the House of Commons in 2011, he was on the standing committee of Public Safety and National Security, Health, Canadian Heritage, and Veterans affairs and international trade. Parm introduced Bill C-394, “An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the National Defence Act (criminal organization recruitment)”. Along with being on the standing committee, Parm was not only the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veteran Affairs but also to the Minister of International Trade. Parm is now running for PC candidate for Milton.