September 2, 2021

Canada election - ditching Trudeau & Canadian voter ID

Canadians are a going to the polls this month (September 20th) for a federal election.  The Conservative Party of Canada has, after trailing in the polls for years since Stephen Harper was Canada's most recent Prime Minister, have pulled ahead slightly with only weeks to go before the election.  While their lead is slim, it seems to have some slow momentum behind it.

Tonight is the first leaders' debate and a good showing by conservative candidate Erin O'Toole has a strong potential to sway women voters, seniors and possible some other demographics towards a conservative vote, potentially replacing the disastrous and embarrassing leadership of Justin Trudeau with something else. At this point anything would be better, but a real conservative would be ideal.  I'm not sold 100% on the bona fides of O'Toole but that won't dissuade me from voting for his party.  There is another conservative party that has formed, more grassroots, but it is far too young to support and would only be stealing votes from the Conservative Party of Canada, which is the only one that has a chance to displace Trudeau's Liberal Party. 

Wish us luck!

Incidentally, in order to vote, I require either (1) photo ID or (2) an Election Voter Registration Card and an accepted piece of non-photo ID that has an address that matches the voter registration card or (3) you can still vote if you declare your identity and address in writing and have someone who knows you and who is assigned to your polling station vouch for you. The voucher must be able to prove their identity and address. A person can vouch for only one person (except in long-term care facilities).

The intention is that latter option is a rare exception.  Voter ID is a good thing America, you should try it some time (I'm looking at you PA, WI, MI and a few others).

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