Statist tendencies in the press gallery

- August 13th, 2012

Members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery love to claim they do not, as I like to claim, tilt left. Yet this is a group that in my experience keeps asking for more and more government as the solution to every problem. Today’s example is from Mia Rabson of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Faced with the issue declining voter participation in elections, Rabson’s solution is to force people, presumably under some sort of penalty, to vote.

“There are some potential drawbacks to mandatory voting. If democracy is based on freedom, then is it counterintuitive to force people to vote against their will? What about forcing people who aren’t paying attention to vote — do their ballots actually improve the legitimacy of a government?

But not paying attention is not normally the No. 1 reason non-voters cite for not casting a ballot. In almost every survey, being too busy is one of the top reasons people cite for not voting. Perhaps if people were told they had to vote, it would creep up the priority list a tad.

The answer to our voting system woes is not an easy one, but before we reach a point in our democracy where less than half the population is engaged, it is time to look at some drastic measures that might shake us all up a bit. Venne is right. Mandatory voting should be on the table for discussion.”

Let’s discuss it. Not voting is a choice, it is an expression. Forcing people to to vote in an infringement on their freedom.

Were I in Quebec right now I really don’t think I could vote for any of the three parties gaining enough voter support to form government. Forcing me to show up and spoil my ballot is a waste of government resources and an infringement on my freedom.

Thoughts anyone?

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4 comments

  1. John "Ratty" Arbuckle says:

    You don’t understand, Brian. The people who advocate this sort of thing have no intention of letting you “show up and spoil your ballot”. The people who advocate forced voting also advocate voting machines with no “spoil ballot” option. You must go in, and you must vote for one of the options presented. They want your vote to legitimize their takeover of democracy. How could it happen? People who spoil their ballot are just not “engaged” or “educated” enough about the issues. The solution? Some sort of re-education (read: indoctrination) course, coached in “political science” or “democracy information” terms. Think I’m wrong? Wait and see. All this pro-voting noise is a smokescreen for very undemocratic core beliefs.

  2. steve says:

    The Parliamentary Press Gallery is a joke. See today’s example of Kady and McGregor whining about how the questions being asked by the lowly LOCAL MEDIA (shaaame!!) in Toronto aren’t up to their standards.

    How DARE reporters ask about hockey (something that Canadians care about) instead of robocalls or the Quebec election (which nobody cares about outside of the Ottawa bubble)?

    These “reporters” are so deep in the Ottawa bubble they literally can’t see out of it.

  3. Constantin says:

    “Forcing” people to vote is an unprecednted power in the sense that was largely debated in the US over the Obama Care Mandate. It’s the first step towards forcing people to do something as oposed to simply enforcing “you shall not”-s.
    Liberal dissatisfaction with the behaviour of their fellow citizens knows no end. There is this dictatorial seed in leftist thinking that makes liberals crave for more government power and control over the individual. It is also a distinct lack of patience as they are not willing to wait for the results of the intense brainwashing they do in schools. They are trying to rush history as they feel that there is so much good they would like to do in this lifetime that might otherwise go to waste.

  4. Santa says:

    Having lived in Australia for six years has given me an appreciation for compulsory voting. They have a “no selection” option on the ballot for the people to express their displeasure with the system. The Aussies seem much more involved and engaged in the politics surrounding them and this causes them to keep a keen eye on the silly tricks their politicians play. To me, the idea of not voting is akin to expressing that you aren’t concerned how you are governed, which may appeal to to all the aspiring totalitarians out there.

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