Congratulations to our MP-elects and to all the candidates who put their name forward for yesterday’s federal election. We’ve said it before and it bears saying again it takes a lot of courage to step forward and run for office. It doesn’t matter the level. Having a choice is what democracy is all about and having lots of candidates gives us choice.
Without candidates to choose from when we go to the polls, our system simply wouldn’t work. It wouldn’t be democracy. It would be something else and, not surprisingly there are countries in the world today where elections’ involve one party and one candidates. They are the ones where winners usually like to espouse that they are democratically elected.’
Having several candidates to choose from is what makes our system work. The only downfall of our system is the fact that, starting today, the majority of people who put their names forward to represent the people of the ridings they are in, go back to so-called normal lives. They are now afterthoughts in our political system. That is a shame. Many of those who ran in yesterday’s office will continue to serve their communities in some capacity. If they ran for office, it’s usually in their nature to be involved with their communities. That will continue. However, it would be nice to see them to continue to be involved in our federal system. We need more people involved in our political system, not less.
Hats off to all the candidates.