>Canada’s election day is only 4 sleeps away! Who cares right? Apparently, not a lot of Albertans. That is proven by the fact that this year’s advanced polls numbers were down from the last federal election. But don’t worry, I’m not going to be the one to say that you should because it’s your right and our mothers and fathers fought in wars so we could maintain that right because you’ve heard all that before and it doesn’t seem to make a difference.

What bothers me are the excuses, “I don’t know anything about the candidates” or “I haven’t had time to follow the elections this year.” And I’m here to tell you that those excuses are as lame and stupid as pretty any Canadian TV. Yes, even Trailer Park Boys.

With today’s technology you can find out anything about anyone. If you are going to go on a date with someone, tell me you don’t google their names or add them to facebook and check out all their photos. Heck, who hasn’t googled even themselves once and a while. The information is has accessible as ever, not knowing the candidates is no longer an excuse.

Every political party has websites, every candidate running has all their information and platforms out there for the entire world to see. Realistically, how hard is it to take a couple of minutes to check them out in between commercial breaks of Gossip Girl or The Office. For the most part, just by being alive you probably already have an idea of what kind of party supports your believes, so it’s not like you have to look at all five parties. Narrow it down to about two and take 30 minutes out of your day. (Or roughly an episode of Seinfeld.)

Not knowing the candidates is not an excuse, it is being irresponsible. If you are lazy and just don’t want to vote than say that, but don’t say that you don’t understand the election process or it that it seems confusing. If people struggle so much with finding reasons to vote, then why do North Americans seem to have no trouble grasping the voting processes of American and Canadian Idol. Last I checked Theo Tames wasn’t running our country.

If you need it to be easier, check out Just Vote Dammit. They’ve already done all the work for you and you just need to do voting. It’s what David Archuleta would want you to do.

Mike Morrison