Why I'm here:
My country, my province and my city are of great importance to me, as are all those living within and outside the bounds of our Great Dominion. Unfortunately, as lofty as my great visions of our homeland are, I am increasingly feeling disgruntled and alienated by the all too rampant problems in every aspect of Canadian Politics and Public service. For months I have read the newspapers with increasing frustration at the incompetence, ineptitude and increasing disrespect that all politicians seem to have these days for the citizens and residents of Canada. No where is this anger more directed than at the refusal of all levels of Government and Political Parties to include youth in our country's discussions. While it wouldn't be wise to elect a teenager to Public Office, it is equally unwise (and negligent) to fail to incorporate them into our system. The media frequently speaks about voter apathy (or rage) and yet no one takes the time to address a large segment of our population who are interested in full participation.
It is true that there are those youth who are wilfully blind to the importance of Politics and policy in our Country, this fact cannot be overlooked. However, it is through the youth, and the next generations that we will reinvigorate an interest and dedication to the growth and smooth running of our humble Dominion. Last year was the first year I was able to vote. This year I will vote one again, out of civic duty. Younger relatives in my family, yet unable to vote keenly wait the day that they may cast their first ballot. In many schools, the idea of lowering the voting age to 16 is of great interest. Does this no show a willingness to participate in the process? I believe it does. Where may we turn?
The answer, in short, is no where. While youth are included in such groups as The Young Liberals or Conservatives there is no place for a voice of their own. There is no forum in which they may be treated as equal to all other citizens. Too quick are the hands that dismiss, too loud are the voices against our right and ability to contribute. Often I hear or read of the disrespect, the blatant rudeness or the sizeable mistakes of the young generations. Too little do we hear positive messages about what and how youth may become engaged in their civic rights and duties, how they may become active in helping to mould the future of our democratic collective.
I am sickened, I am angry and I am disappointed. Perhaps this blog will amount to no more than diatribes about the state of our country, in this way it may serve to alleviate my frustration. More than that, I hope that at some point in time, some other youth may take an interest so that we may begin the first step towards full participation: full and hearty discussion.
What I hope to discuss:
There is yet, no broad agenda in my mind to tackle. Despite this, I do hope to address the following particular issues in the coming days: The current Federal Election, the Many Solitudes of Canada, and Municipal Politics in the City of Toronto, Judicial Reform, Education Reform (particularly Religious, Distance/Online and Adult Learning), Social Politics and the International Politics of the day. In any of these subjects, I do not make claim to be an expert or any better informed than the average Canadian, in this I cannot be clearer. As for the rest, it will follow as often as I may update. I encourage all comments, including those in conflict or contradicting the thoughts, opinions or statements that I myself make. Just as youth are in a process of transformation, so too are their thoughts and thus should be subject to constant and thorough examination, I am no exception.
Now that that is set aside, perhaps I may begin!